KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - A man accused of murdering a Kentwood couple in their home has been found competent to stand trial.
Javonte Higgins is expected back in Kentwood District Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing in the murders of David Bouwman, 81, and his 80-year-old wife Vivian.
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The Bouwmans were found shot multiple times each in their home on Stowevalley Drive in Princeton Estates the morning of Jan. 5. Authorities believe the incident started as a home invasion.
Higgins has been acting strangely since his arrest near Chicago nearly two weeks after the Bouwmans were killed. He has refused to talk to his lawyers or judges, drooled during court proceedings and on at least one occasion smeared his face with his own feces while in jail.
He first addressed the court during arraignment proceedings in Kentwood, when he was officially charged with two counts of felony homicide, saying he didn't want to get in trouble.
A psychological evaluation was ordered. The Kent County Prosecutor's Office recently received the report from the evaluation, which found Higgins was competent to face the court.
Higgins also faces home invasion and auto theft charges out of Wyoming -- a case which is headed to trial.
That case stems from a December 2012 incident in which Higgins allegedly entered a Wyoming home, stole the keys to a pickup truck, and then led police on a chase before wrecking the truck. He was injured in the crash, but left the hospital before he could be arrested.
The Bouwmans were killed less than a month later.
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