WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) - The man suspected of killing an elderly Kentwood couple was in court Wednesday on unrelated charges out of Wyoming -- but it was a challenging situation for all involved to simply get him to take part.
Javonte Higgins currently faces charges in Wyoming for auto theft and home invasion in connection to a December 2012 incident.
The preliminary hearing held Wednesday would normally take place with the suspect at the courthouse in person, but it was held via video because of safety and hygiene concerns.
"My information is that you were smearing your own feces all over your face today and you were refusing to come out of the cell," Judge Pablo Cortez said to Higgins.
24 Hour News 8 was told that Higgins was not cooperative in going to the video room for the hearing. When he was finally there, he was drooling as the judge spoke to him and refused to answer questions.
As in previous court appearances in both Kent County and Cook County, Illinois where he was arrested, he did not acknowledge anything the judge was saying.
Higgins is also accused of killing David and Vivian Bouwman, 80 and 81, in their Kentwood home in the early hours of Jan. 5. He has not yet been officially charged in that case.
The charges he does face come after he allegedly broke into a Wyoming home, stole keys and drove off in a pickup truck. A subsequent police chase ended in Higgins wrecking the truck and landing in the hospital. But before he could be arrested, he took off. He wasn't arrested until authorities started seeking him in connection to the Bouwmans' deaths.
Wednesday's hearing on the Wyoming charges was brief. Because of Higgins' behavior as of late, a psychological examination was ordered before the case moves further.
"OK, Mr. Higgins, I don't suppose you have any questions? No? OK," said Cortez.
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