A set of twins has confessed to brutally killing their mother. In January 2010, Jarmecca Whitehead, age 34, was found stabbed to death inside her home. Although they initially denied involvement, Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead eventually confessed to the crime.
According to police records, the 16-year-old twins reported their mother’s death. However, the teens were not considered suspects. Conyers Police Department Lt. Chris Moon said he and his colleagues “were treating them as victims… witnesses who had come home and found their mother dead.”
In her statement to police, Jasmiyah said she and her sister had just returned home from school. When they opened the door, they discovered a trail of blood leading to the bathroom. They eventually found their mother’s body in the bathtub:
“I went in there and I seen her and I touched her… I want my mommy… “
Authorities felt sympathy for the twins. However, they had questions about their story. Rockdale County District Attorney Richard Read said “something didn’t add up… something didn’t seem right.”
As reported by Daily News, Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead were late to school the day their mother was killed. Authorities later discovered that the twins hitched a ride to school with a stranger.
It was eventually revealed that the teens had a strained relationship with their mother. In the weeks prior to the murder, both girls were living with their grandmother. They had moved back into their mother’s home days before she was killed.
Four years later, the twins have confessed to killing their mother. Both girls admitted that the attack began with a common argument. Jarmecca Whitehead was upset because her daughters were late for school.
The twins said the argument turned physical and they killed their mother in self-defense. As reported by 11 Alive News, Jasmiyah admitted that she attempted to choke her mother with a necklace before stabbing her multiple times. When their mother was dead, both girls placed her body in the bathtub, changed their clothes, and went to school.
Jasmiyah said she was acting in self-defense. However, she does regret her actions:
“I’m sorry and I miss her. It’s not how ya’ll are trying to make it seem. I didn’t hate her. And Tas didn’t hate her either. I guess it was just the heat of the moment and the anger between all three of us.”
As the twins confessed to killing their mother, they were each sentenced to 30 years in prison.
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