LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – A neighbor of the mother charged with the murder of two Lexington children spoke to FOX 56 Tuesday.

The man, Jermaine, asked that his face and last name not be included in the story.

Jermaine told FOX 56 what he saw on the Monday night of the double homicide Nikki James, 43, is charged with.

According to Lexington Police Department, James is charged with the murder of her two children, 13-year-old seventh-grader Deon Williams, and 5-year-old preschooler Skyler Williams.


Jermaine said he was outside of the apartment complex moments after the events unfolded and when he said James walked outside and up to him.

“I was like, ‘What did you do? What did you do?’ She looked up at me and she said, ‘Jermaine I killed my kids, they are in heaven. God told me to do it,'” Jermaine said.

“I immediately turned around, burst out in tears. I am mad, full of rage. I am hurt. I am sick,” he said.

Jermaine said he knows people will come to their own conclusions about the events, but he thinks it’s time for Kentucky to focus more on mental health issues.

“Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and everyone is going to say what they say but I know there were some mental health issues behind this, along with just life,” said Jermaine.

“Cause mental health is something serious it needs to be addressed, it needs to be made a number one priority you know not just here in Kentucky,” said Jermaine.

Jermaine told FOX 56 he forgives James and said he knew her as a great mother.

“She ain’t even scream at her kids, you know. She was always doing something with them whether it was crafts or video games.”

The investigation surrounding James, Deon, and Skyler is still ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Lexington Police at (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at www.p3tips.com