Murder warrant issued for Javonte Higgins

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Javonte Higgins

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police will hold news conference at 9 a.m. Thursday regarding the Javonte Higgins case.  You will be able to watch a live stream of the news conference on the home page of WZZM13.com.

Higgins is the only suspect in the January double murder of David and Vivian Bouwman, but has yet to be charged. Late Wednesday afternoon the Kent County Prosecutor issued a four count warrant for Higgins, including two counts of homicide, one count of home invasion, and one weapons count.

Higgins was in court Tuesday and a judge ruled he is competent to stand trial for a Wyoming home invasion, vehicle theft, and police chase in December 2012.

Below is a news release from Kentwood Police:

Today, Kentwood Detectives met with the Kent County Prosecutor's Office and obtained a four count felony warrant on Javonte Higgins. The charges obtained are as follows:

1. Count 1 HOMICIDE - FELONY MURDER
Did while in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of home invasion in the first degree, murder one David Bouwman; contrary to MCL 750.316(1)(b). Felony: Life without parole.

2. Count 2 HOMICIDE - FELONY MURDER
Did while in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of home invasion in the first degree, murder one Vivian Bouwman; contrary to MCL 750.316(1)(b). Felony: Life without parole.

3. Count 3 HOME INVASION - 1st DEGREE
Did break and enter a dwelling located at 2289 Stowevalley Dr SE, with the intent to commit a larceny therein, and while entering, present in, or exiting the dwelling David and Vivian Bouwman, was lawfully present therein; contrary to MCL 750.110a(2). Felony: 20 years and/or $5,000.00

4. Count 4 WEAPONS - FELONY FIREARM
Did carry or have in his possession a firearm, to-wit: pistol, at the time he committed or attempted to commit a felony, to-wit: Home Invasion and/or Homicide; contrary to MCL 750.227b.

Felony: 2 years consecutively with and preceding any term of imprisonment imposed for the felony or attempted felony conviction; Mandatory forfeiture of weapon or device.

Judge William Kelly has signed the warrant and a video arraignment will take place Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the 62-B District Court in Kentwood.

If you desire additional information or comments, Chief Hillen will be available at the Kentwood Police Department tomorrow at 9:00 am to answer questions.

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