After Four Years, Teens Confess to Murdering Their Mother

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Almost exactly four years ago, police found Jarmecca Whitehead stabbed to death in her home.

Her twin daughters, Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah Whitehead, then 16 years old, were implicated in her death and found guilty. They were both sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Though the twins initially denied their role in the crime, they recently gave authorities a detailed confession of the brutal murder.

It started when they were late for school. Rockdale County District Attorney Richard Read recalled Jarmecca saying, "You're late for school, you're not going to do what you want to do, you have to live by my rules.” She then began threatening her daughters with a pot from the stove.

"She just started waving the pot around things like that, whatever, so I guess she was trying to hit us with the pot," said Jasmiyah.

After the girls wrestled the pot away from her, the brawl exploded.

"We all yelling, we all mad. Somehow, someway I don't know where she got it from, I don't even remember a knife block, but she has a knife," said Jasmiyah.

"I had took the pot from her, that's when she grabbed the knife and said get back but she didn't keep the knife in here hand," added Tasmiyah. 

Jasmiyah broke a red vase over her mother’s head, and Tasmiyah hit her with the pot. “She bit me in the chest, and like I said, I'm not that that big, so when she bit me she latched on to me, and I tried to get her off because it hurts, so I'm trying to punch her. I guess that then Tas stabs her. She stabbed her," said Jasmiyah.

The fight continued. Jasmiyah choked her mother with a ribboned medallion that she won as a child. Her mother delivered a backhand blow that caught her by surprise. "So I think I was stunned. Then I picked up the knife and I think I stabbed her, but they wasn't cuts, like they wasn't deep, because I couldn't bring myself to do it," said Jasmiyah.

The twins then dragged their mother to the bathtub. Jarmecca told her daughters she hated them and that they’d go to jail. Shortly thereafter, she died from a severed spinal cord.

"She went under a couple of times and that was it," said Jasmiyah.

The twins tried to clean up and then went to school.

“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," said Jasmiyah.

Sources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WMAZ

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