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Jasmiyah Whitehead, One of the 16-Year-Old Twins Accused of Murdering Mother, Denied Bail

Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead (CBS/WGCL)

Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead (CBS/WGCL)
CONYERS, Ga. (CBS/WGCL) Jasmiyah Whitehead, one of the 16-year-old twin sisters in Georgia charged with murdering their mother, has been denied bail, an Atlanta newspaper reported on Monday.

Police arrested Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead on May 21 following an investigation that began in January, when the girls' mother was found dead.

The girls are being tired together, but have their own legal representation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The two are charged as adults with the murder of Jarmecca Whitehead, who was found stabbed to death in her home on Jan. 13.

"Based on what the district attorney has provided to the court, this is a completely circumstantial case," Dwight Thomas, Jasmiyah's attorney, told the newspaper. "They are the ones who found her, who flagged a police officer down to report it and they didn't run."

Several neighbors told CBS affiliate WGCL when the story surfaced that the family was known to have issues.

Before she died, Jarmecca, who was known as Nikki, confided in a neighbor.

"The mother was kind of afraid that something like that might happen," neighbor Angela Avery told WGCL. "I can't explain why because the mother didn't do a lot of talking, but she did have that particular fear. Yes, she did."

Police arrested one of the girls at Tucker High School, east of Atlanta, and the other at a relative's home.

"They did not appear to be surprised and they did not offer any apologies," Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson told the CBS station.

Police said conflicting statements and evidence pointed to the sisters. Avery said the girls had recently moved back with their mother and her boyfriend. Four days after they moved in, their mother was found dead.

Reporting Contributed by CBS Affiliate WGCL

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