Javonte Higgins headed to trial for Wyoming home break-ins

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WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The man police say killed an elderly Kentwood couple in early January appeared in court Wednesday to face charges for a crime spree that helped link him to the double homicide.

David and Vivian Bouman were found shot to death in their home in Princeton Estates on January 5. But before the murders police say Javonte Higgins was injured when he crashed a stolen truck.

Higgins was identified in the Kentwood murders as having a limp. Authorities say he was injured after a high speed chase with police ended in a car crash.

Two residents testified their homes had been robbed of rings and a truck. One couple only discovered their truck was missing after police knocked on their door to tell them it was totaled by Higgins after he ran away from police.

Police say Higgins drove off with the car at about 100 miles an hour, and crashed nearby. That's when officers say evidence fell out of his pocket.

"I found the vehicle I had tried to stop, crashed into a tree on the south side of the road. I saw the rings fall right out of his pocket as they put him on the stretcher, they fell on the asphalt, I went back and picked them up," testified Officer David Helm of the Kentwood Police Department.

Higgins is also facing two murder counts in the deaths of David and Vivian Bouwman.

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