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Twins Charged In Mother's Murder

Sixteen-year-old twins Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah Whitehead have been arrested and charged for their mother's murder that occurred on Jan. 14. Their mother, Jarmecca "Nikki" Whitehead was found stabbed to death. Many of the Conyers mother's friends say they are not surprised, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Jarmecca Whitehead was found dead at her home in a pool of blood, having been beaten and stabbed repeatedly. There were no signs of forced entry, leading police to believe that the victim knew her attacker(s).

Michelle Temple, Jarmecca Whitehead's friend and former employer, said she didn't think the girls were capable of murder but that she had a change of heart after the killing:

"Who would think that? But after she was murdered, I knew it was them."

It's not clear whether or not a Georgia family law attorney was involved, but the girls' great-grandmother had custody for about 18 months following an incident of physical violence against the now-deceased mother by the twin girls. Michelle Temple told reporters that the girls stole money from their great-grandmother and basically did as they pleased:

"The [great-grandmother] eventually had to get a dead-bolt for her bedroom."

Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson told reporters that a lot of people who knew the family became suspicious of the girls immediately following the killing. They have been separated in order to "keep them from comparing notes."

Rockdale public defender Owen Humphries, representing the twins, acknowledged "I've got my work cut out for me" in light of the evidence. They have denied killing their mother, telling investigators they found her dead when they came home.

A grand jury is scheduled to hear the case on June 7. The two will be tried as adults.

Undesirable family situations, even murders, sometimes arise out of unresolved disputes. Contact an Atlanta family law attorney if you need help with a divorce or child custody dispute.

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