Twin, 20, Accepts 30-Yr Plea Deal For Killing Her Mother; Identical Sister Will Go To Trial & Faces Life

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Nearly four years after Jarmecca “Nikki” Whitehead’s spinal cord was fatally severed at the climax of the fight, one of her twins has admitted her part in the killing. Tasmiyah Whitehead, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter, falsification in government matters and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime in the death of her mother. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Her identical twin sister, Jasmiyah Whitehead, goes to trial in March in connection with the killing and could face life in prison.

“I have read about … tragedies of epic proportion,” Rockdale County Superior Court Judge David Irwin said Thursday at Tasmiyah Whitehead’s plea hearing. “I had no idea what that was until today.”

Tasmiyah Whitehead and Jasmiyah Whitehead were 16 when they were arrested and charged with malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault in connection with their mother’s death.

An apparent history of violent family turmoil had been brewing over some years and exploded on the morning of Jan. 13, 2010, prosecutors said. “(Nikki) hit Jas with a pot,” Read said. “Tas took the pot from their mother and Nikki grabbed a steak knife.”

The fight began.

“There was name-calling and cursing and gouging and scratching and everybody was mad,” Read said. “During the fight, her mom was cut and stabbed.”

Tasmiyah Whitehead looked on stoically in handcuffs, leg irons and an orange Rockdale County Jail jumpsuit as Read described her accounts of the fight that led to her mother’s death. At some point that January morning, the melee halted, and Jarmecca Whitehead left the house seeking help from a next-door neighbor, according to prosecutors. When no one immediately answered the door, she returned home, Read said.

“Tas said Nikki came and sat down in the kitchen … she was tired,” Read said. “Tas said Nikki lunged at the knife. Eventually the blows necessary to bring about the death of Nikki Whitehead were given.”

Among her injuries, Jarmecca Whitehead suffered significant stab wounds to her lungs, jugular and the back of her neck, where her spinal cord was severed, prosecutors said. USA, LLC
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  • faith

    Throw away the keys…… kill your mom….thats like the ultimate SIN

  • Chloe

    killing your parents is like the unforgivable sin..I just don’t get it..

  • NeciBaby

    Damn!! This is so sad. U only have 1 mom n u should have the upmost respect for her. I don’t understand how u can kill your mom or your children. U have to b real evil.

  • Kevin Boykin

    Here we are again…… Dispite the DYSFUNCTIONAL household, The mother didn’t deserve this. Today’s kids are out-of-control ! Parents having kids out of WEDLOCK ain’t working ! Homes need to be more stable. Then kids can REAP the LOVE benefits. KID’S ACT AS IF NO ONE LOVES THEM !

  • gorgeous_chik7

    I’m not condoning what these girls did, but it sounds like it was a dysfunctional household. The mother was beating one of the children with a pot!!!! Sounds to me like the children grew up in an abusive household and snapped. You abuse something long enough, it will eventually snap on you. People talk about “throwing away the key” and “unforgivable.” What about the abuse the mother was dishing out??? Beating a child with a pot. Does that sound like a normal, loving “spanking” to you? There’s more to the story.

  • MeDiah Tyese

    They should be locked up…they jumped her and killed her is what they did!! You’re 16, a damn kid, you have NO BUSINESS hitting your mother back. She hit you with a pot? Call DSS on her ass, dont kill her! The sentence is appropriate and they should have to do at least 85% of their time!

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  • Jonathan Hoffman

    Anyone who thinks that their mother was in the right AT ALL has something wrong with them. You hit your child with a pot and then grab a knife? Are you kidding me?

  • Reddsoldier

    Those girls were liars, they knew exactly how to put on a show whenever cops were called to the house. If mom was all that bad, why would she called the cops, why would she ran out the house when getting her a$$ kicked, why would she tell her friend that she was afraid of her daughters, and why would she try to get them back to her house to work on the mother- daughters relationship? Those evil suckers had been beating their mom for a while, so let them enjoy their miserable lives behind bar.

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