Trouble was brewing at the home of the twin teens charged with murdering their mother, as police were called there twice just days before the January 13 killing, according to Conyers Police Department call records.
Jarmecca "Nikki" Whitehead, 34, was found stabbed to death at 2020 Appaloosa Way. Her 16-year-old twin daughters, Tasmiyah Whitehead and Jasmiyah Whitehead, reported to authorities they had discovered their mother's body after they came home from school.
But five months later, on May 21, the twins were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault after evidence test results "pointed clearly to who was responsible for the murder," according to Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson.
According to call records, Conyers police officers had been out to the house on January 8 and January 9 for a disorderly juvenile call and a disturbance.
Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah had reportedly been recently put back into their mother's custody around the beginning of the year, said family friend Yucca Harris. They had been placed in the custody of their great grandmother before that, according to Harris, because of an incident two years ago where they had assaulted their mother.
Although they will be tried as adults, the death penalty cannot be applied for crimes committed under the age 18. The maximum penalty the twins can face is life or life without parole for the murder charge and 20 years for the aggravated assault charge.
Tasmiyah Whitehead and Jasmiyah Whitehead are currently being kept in separate youth detention facilities.
Public defender Owen Humphries is representing Tasmiyah. Criminal defense attorney Dwight Thomas is representing Jasmiyah. Thomas has, according to his website, defended clients such as former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, former State Senator Van Streat, and former Atlanta School Board Member Robert "Bob" Waymer.
Rockdale County District Attorney Richard Read said no court date has been set.