KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - A judge has set bond at $1 million for the man accused of murdering an elderly couple in their Kentwood home in January.
Thursday afternoon, Javonte Higgins was arraigned in Kentwood District Court on two counts of felony homicide, one count of felony first-degree home invasion and a count of felony firearm in the deaths of David Bouwman, 81, and his 80-year-old wife Vivian.
Investigators said Higgins broke into the Bouwmans' home on Stowevalley Drive in Princeton Estates on Jan. 5. There were signs of a struggle before David and Vivian were each shot multiple times, according to police.
Police now say Higgins acted alone in the homicides, though they had previously released a sketch of a person of interest who was apparently never located.
Thursday, Higgins seemed to be walking on his own and was actually responsive. He has been previously seen using a wheelchair, has refused to address his attorneys or judges, and at one point drooled during the proceedings.
But as the judge read off the charges, Higgins appeared confused.
"I don't want to get in trouble," Higgins said.
"If someone did kill you, they'd be facing murder charges and that's what they're saying that you did," Judge William Kelly explained.
"That's not- That can't be. That can't be," Higgins said.
"You want to kill me?" he later asked the judge, still not appearing to grasp the charges against him.
When the judge asked Higgins about his right to an attorney, Higgins responded, "I want help."
While family members of the Bouwmans attended the arraignment, it did not appear that any of Higgins' family was present.
If Higgins is convicted for the murders, he could spend up to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He is expected back in court later in July.
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