KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - Authorities in Kentwood Thursday morning updated the double murder case in which a couple were murdered in January.
Javonte Higgins acted alone when he allegedly killed David Bouwman, 81, and his 80-year-old wife Vivian after breaking into their home on Stowevalley Drive in Princeton Estates on Jan. 5. There were signs of a struggle before the couple were shot multiple times, police said. A
"We're one step closer to justice for mom and dad," he said. "Our lives have been changed forever. Mother's Day will never be the same again. Father's Day will never be the same again. ... We pray that justice will be swift and sure the individual who did this will spend the rest of their life locked away."
Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Chris Becker also spoke at the conference. He said the biggest delay in processing the case was Higgins being arrested in Chicago and the pending forensic examination.
He wasn't arrested because prosecutors wouldn't authorize the warrant, choosing instead to wait for his release from the hospital so the county wouldn't be on the hook for medical bill. Higgins left the hospital on his own.
The Bouwmans were murdered less than a month later.
Becker said the prosecutor's office is "looking into how that could could be handled differently."
"It's been a long-standing policy between the sheriffs and chiefs of police and our office. That's how we handle those situations and it took a bad turn," he said.
We get a brief break from the "lake-effect machine" Friday.
A few flurries occurred Thursday night. Lows held in the teens and the wind relaxed to the 5 to 10 mph range, with 20s at the Lake Michigan.
On Thursday, the medical examiner's office said CMU student Kelly Markatos died as a result of the eating disorder bulimia.