DNA could link Javonte Higgins to Bouwman murders

9:09 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
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UPDATE - 4:45 p.m. (WZZM) -- Kent County detectives have executed a search warrant at the Kent County Correctional Facility to obtain a sample of Javonte Higgins' DNA.

Prosecutors will wait for the results of the DNA analysis before pursuing charges in the murders of David and Vivian Bouwman.

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The main suspect in the murder of an elderly Kentwood was back in court Friday morning where he was arraigned by video on four felonies.

Javonte Higgins, 22, appeared in Wyoming District Court and was charged with 1st degree home invasion, 2nd degree home invasion, unlawfully driving a motor vehicle, and fleeing and eluding police. Those charges stem from a fall 2012 home invasion in Wyoming.

If convicted he could face up to 20 years in a penitentiary on the charges. Appearing disheveled, Higgins refused to respond during the arraignment and swayed back and forth.

The judge entered a not guilty plea for the defendant because he was being uncooperative.

Higgins had been fighting extradition to Michigan. The Kent County Prosecutor's office tells WZZM 13 Higgins was extradited on a governor's warrant signed by Governor Snyder and the governor of Illinois.

He was booked at the Kent County Jail Thursday. He had been held in the Cook County Jail in Illinois since January when he was arrested near Chicago on unrelated charges.

Authorities say while fleeing police, Higgins crashed a stolen vehicle and injured his legs. He was hospitalized but checked himself out of the hospital before he could be charged.

David Bouwman, 81, and his wife Vivian, 80, were shot to death January 5 inside their home on Stowevalley Drive SE during a home invasion. Higgins was living in the same neighborhood as Bouwmans at the time of their death. He has not yet been charged with homicide in the Bouwman case.

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