Jarmecca Whitehead, a 34-year-old mom from Conyers, Georgia, was afraid of her daughters, according to a neighbor. They had been living elsewhere when they returned to live at her home in January. Four days later, she was beaten and stabbed to death…


REPORTS:Friends described Jarmecca “Nikki” Whitehead as a “loving and open” mother whose rebellious teens increasingly challenged her on issues of dating, cell phone use and even about going to school.

The 16-year-old twins, Tasmiyah, “Tas,” and Jasmiyah, “Jas,” had at one time been “A” students, involved in Girl Scoutsand the performing arts at their Georgia high school. But 18 months ago, they reportedly became so violent and hard to handle that they temporarily moved in with their elderly great-grandmother.

Now they’re locked up, accused of murdering their mother, a beautician who had recently gone back to school to study fashion design.

Whitehead was found dead in her Conyers, Georgia, house in a pool of blood Jan. 14, brutally beaten and stabbed. Just one week before the murder the twins had returned home, but their mother had called police three times to rein in her out-of-control twins.

Now friends say they are not surprised.

“Do I think they were capable of doing it?” said Petrina Sims, owner of Decatur’s Simply Unique salon, where Whitehead worked until her death. “I was hoping not, but after all she had gone through, it was like you almost knew it was them.”

Apparently police thought so too, arresting the girls May 21 after connecting them to the brutal murder of their 34-year-old mother.

The girls face charges of malicious murder, felony murder and aggravated assault, which can carry a life sentence without parole. Prosecutors cannot ask for the death penalty because juveniles are barred from capital punishment in Georgia.

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