Conyers, a quiet suburb in Atlanta, was rocked by the grisly murder of Nikki Whitehead on January 2010. Her brutal death was caused by her young daughters. NBC’s ‘Dateline: Bad Blood’ chronicles the horrid details of her death as well as how the police were able to trace the killers after a twisted, long investigation. Let’s find out more about this shocking case now, shall we?
Who Are Jasmiyah & Tasmiyah Whiteheads?
Born on November 27, 1993, twins Jasmiyah Kaneesha Whitehead and Tasmiyah Janeesha Whitehead lived with their mother, Jarmecca Yvonne “Nikki” Whitehead, in her Conyers home. The relationship between Nikki and the 16-year old sisters was turbulent. Nikki had been an intermittent presence in their lives from a young age. The girls were raised mostly by Della Frazier, their great-grandmother. They moved to live with their mother aged 13 when she received custody.
Things got rocky when Nikki, the twins, became in constant conflict. The twins engaged in verbal, and even physical, assaults. Things got so bad that police and the juvenile court intervened and sent the girls temporarily to live with Della. Despite Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah’s numerous protests, their mother soon regained their custody, and the court ordered them to live with her, beginning January 5, 2010.
Jasmiyah then allegedly retaliated by threatening to kill Nikki, and a few days later, on January 8, 2010, the 34-year-old was found dead in her bathtub, to everyone’s horror. The twins had reportedly returned from school to find their mother’s dead body and had run out and alerted a nearby police officer. A formal examination revealed that Nikki had been severely beaten, stabbed, and even her spine, multiple times. The autopsy also found no evidence of forced entry and ruled out any sexual assault.
Investigators suspected that one of her boyfriends was involved in the murder due to the brutality of the attack. But, later investigation proved all of them innocent. Although, the police soon began suspecting Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah’s hand in their mother’s death for multiple reasons. Firstly, the twins had numerous cuts and bite marks on their forearms, yet Tasmiyah claimed that hers were self-inflicted; later, the bite marks on her arms were assumed to be Nikki’s.
There were also discrepancies between the accounts of the sisters and the surveillance footage that showed they weren’t in school at the times they stated. In fact, the sisters were seen getting into an unknown person’s car when they were supposed to be in school. Lastly, blood on a broken vase and shoes at the crime scene was revealed to be the twins’. Based on all the incriminating evidence, the girls were charged with their mother’s murder in May 2010.
Where are Jasmiyah, Tasmiyah Whitehead and other people today?
The Whitehead twins initially maintained their innocence, but they later confessed to the crime while in custody, detailing all that transpired on the day of the murder. Jasmiyah said that Nikki got into an argument with them, with a pot in one hand, and they ended up getting into a physical scuffle that saw their mother being bludgeoned with a vase. Tasmiyah then fatally stabbed Nikki with a steak knife, resulting in the latter’s death.
Jasmiyah Whitehead was sentenced to a lesser charge for voluntary manslaughter as part of a plea bargain. Tasmiyah was sentenced a month later to the exact same charge. Both sisters were sentenced for thirty years in prison. Jasmiyah Whitehead is currently in Hawkinsville’s Pulaski State Prison, while Tasmiyah, who is currently in Habersham County’s Arrendale Transitional Centre, is serving her sentence.
In 2016, the girls received their GEDs, and they were now pursuing computer and medical tech degrees. They are expected to be released on May 19, 2040, after becoming eligible for parole.
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