Higgins' mother testifies; defense rests without calling a witness

GRAND RAPIDS ( WZZM) --Testimony has wrapped up in the Javonte Higgins double murder trial. The defense rested its case around 3:30 p.m. Thursday without calling any new witnesses to the stand.

Higgins is accused of murdering David and Vivian Bouwman in their Kentwood home in January 2013.

During testimony Thurday friends and family described Higgins as a happy, goofy guy, so they noticed his strange mood on January 5, 2013. That's the day someone murdered David and Vivian Bouwman in their home and stole their Cadillac-- a car Higgins wanted to get rid of, a friend testified.

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The prosecution called Higgins' mother, Dora Baker, to the stand. She recalled how her son seemed so different last January. "I felt like he was depressed – I said let's go to Pine Rest, he said no," Baker testified.

A witness forced to testify angered Higgins lawyer by saying she met him in jail. Higgins' lawyer asked for a mistrial because the jurors would be prejudiced by the new information. But the judge denied the mistrial motion as well as a defense request for a directed verdict.

Closing arguments are set for 1:30 p.m. Friday.


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