But after their conviction and four-year trial the two finally confessed what everyone already knew. The death of their mother was the outcome of a fight at home.
From our source we read:
"My state of mind at the time was defend yourself. It wasn't like a fight on the street, it was more like a fight until somebody dies," said Jasmiyah Whitehead in her taped confession.
In chilling detail, the twins described what really happened the morning of the murder.
It started with a fight with their mother in the kitchen after waking up late for school.
"You're late for school, you're not going to do what you want to do, you have to live by my rules," recalled Rockdale County District Attorney Richard Read.
The twins say their mother began threatening them with a pot from the stove.
"She just started waving the pot around things like that whatever so I guess she was trying to hit us with the pot," said Jasmiyah.
The twins claim they wrestled the pot away from her, but it was the start of all-out brawl.
"Was your mom yelling," asked Read.
"We all yelling, we all mad. Somehow, someway I don't know where she got it from, I don't even remember a knife block but she has a knife," said Jasmiyah.
"I had took the pot from her, that's when she grabbed the knife and said get back but she didn't keep the knife in here hand," added Tasmiyah.
The combat moves to the living room and gets more intense. Jas breaks a red vase over her mother's head -- the first sight of blood. Her mother fought back.
"So my mom is winning the battle with the knife or whatever, so I pick up the pot and hit her with the pot," said Tasmiyah.
"She bit me in the chest and like I said, I'm not that that big so when she bit me she latched on to me and I tried to get her off because it hurts so I'm trying to punch her, I guess that then Tas stabs her. She stabbed her," said Jasmiyah.
After more fighting, Jas says at some point she begins to choke her mother with a ribboned medallion she won as a child. Her mother delivers a swift backhand blow that catches her by surprise.
"So I think I was stunned. Then I picked up the knife and I think I stabbed her but they wasn't cuts like they wasn't deep because I couldn't bring myself to do it," said Jasmiyah.
After all the biting, punching, screaming and stabbing, the twins drag their mother in to the bathtub. Neither can really explain why they did.
The victim, 34-year-old Jarmecca, was killed in their Conyers, Georgia home the morning of Jan. 13, 2010.
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