Former Tucker High Student Gets 30 Years in Mother's Death

The convicted girl's twin sister will be tried separately in March.

Jasmiyah Whitehead, left, and her sister Tazmiyah. Credit: DeKalb Police Dept.
Jasmiyah Whitehead, left, and her sister Tazmiyah. Credit: DeKalb Police Dept.

A former Tucker High School student has pleaded guilty to killing her mother and was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison.

Tazmiyah Whitehead, 19, of Conyers, had been charged, along with her twin sister Jasmiyah, in the brutal death of their mother, 34-year-old Nikki Whitehead. Her beaten and stabbed body was found at her home on Jan. 13, 2010.

Initially the twins denied any involvement in the killing, according to Rockdale County District Attorney Richard Reed, but confessed in recent weeks.

"They transfered to Tucker High shortly after the death of their mother," a source with a son at the school told Patch on condition of anonymity. "And my son said they would tell the other students that they killed their mother. Also heard the one twin did the killing, but her sister did nothing to stop it."

The twins are being tried separately. Jasmiyah Whitehead's trial will begin in March, according to Fox 5.

"My son did say something was off about them," the Tucker High source said. 

OnceWasAnnie January 19, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Dear God! With awful names like Tazmiyah and Jasmiyah, what do you expect? What in hell is wrong with people naming their children these dreadful names? Here's a tip: You're not doing your children ANY favors! When I lived in Maryland, I worked with a young woman named "Velveeta". No, I am NOT making that up, unfortunately.
Summer February 08, 2014 at 09:37 PM
What does the names have to do with the awful and evil crime that they committed. For heaven sake a mother was brutally murdered and you are criticizing their names. There once was a man named Ted who murdered a lot of women and another named Charles. Those are pretty simple names don't you think.


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