Javonte Higgins to be Charged With Double Murder of Kentwood Couple

Posted at 5:12 PM, Jul 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-10 20:00:35-04

KENTWOOD, Mich. — Javonte Higgins is currently charged with several break-ins and auto thefts in West Michigan, and will now also be charged with the double murder of a Kentwood couple.

David and Vivian Bouwman were found murdered in their home in January, and Higgins was the only suspect in that case.  He will be charged with two counts of felony murder, a count of first-degree home invasion and felony firearm possession, according to Kentwood Police.  A video arraignment will take place Thursday, July 11 at 1 p.m.

Higgins’ stay in jail has been peppered with instances of odd rebelling and misbehavior, including refusing to leave his cell and rubbing feces on his face.

This prompted the court to order a psychological evaluation in April, and he was found competent to stand trial for the home invasions and auto thefts Tuesday, July 9.

If convicted on either murder charge, Higgins could spend the rest of his life in jail.