KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - A probable cause document says Javonte Higgins confessed to a friend that he had "shot some people" the night David and Vivian Bouwman were killed in their Kentwood home.
Higgins, 22, was arraigned Thursday in a Kentwood courtroom on two counts of felony homicide, one count of first-degree home invasion and one count of felony firearm in the Jan. 5 deaths of the Bouwmans. His bond was set at $1 million.
A probable cause affidavit obtained Thursday by 24 Hour News 8 says Higgins has spend the evening of Jan. 4 with two friends.
== Read the affidavit (pdf) ==
After midnight on Jan. 5, he asked on friend to drive him to Woody's Bar in Wyoming. He got out of the car, pulled up his hood, and told one female friend that she "does not know anything, she does not see anything and she can't say anything," according to the affidavit. The friends managed to get Higgins to get back in the car before he entered the bar, but one male friend later told police he thought Higgins had a gun and had intended to rob the bar.
The female friend then left Higgins in the area of Yorktown Drive SE and Discovery Drive SE, about a block from the Bouwmans' house. Higgins is believed to have been living in the area at the time.
Higgins showed up the male friend's apartment between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., according to the affidavit. Higgins allegedly said he had "shot some people," didn't know if they were dead, and that he needed help getting rid of a car described by the friend as a Cadillac.
The friend refused to help Higgins, who then took an orange Home Depot bucket from the hall and left.
Higgins then went to the home of the female friend and her boyfriend, the affidavit says. Higgins asked the boyfriend to "roll with him." The man refused.
"This is serious, I need you to roll with me, I need to get rid of this car," the affidavit says Higgins told the man, who again told him no. That man also described the car as a Cadillac.
Police first went to the Bouwmans' home on Stowevalley Drive SE the morning of Jan. 5 after a their car was found on fire by a mailman at a Wyoming apartment complex. When no one answered the door, they left.
The affidavit says a resident of Yorktown Drive SE called police later that morning, saying someone had cut a window screen at the rear of his house. He also saw footprints leading from his house to his neighbor's house on Stowevalley Drive.
Wyoming police officers found the back door of that house had been broken in. They went into the house to check on the residents and found David Bouwman, 81, and his 80-year-old wife Vivian shot to death in their kitchen.
An orange Home Depot bucket was found near where the Bouwmans' 2001 Cadillac DeVille had been found on fire, the affidavit says. Witnesses said they had seen a man throw the liquid contents of the bucket on the car, which then "burst into flames." He then set the bucket down and left.
Surveillance video from a Shell gas station near the intersection of 54th Street SW and Division Avenue showed a man who a detective recognized as Higgins, who had a severe limp caused by injuries he sustained in a December 2012 police chase and subsequent crash, filling that bucket with $10 of gasoline.
Higgins also faces charges of home invasion, auto theft, and fleeing and eluding out of Wyoming in connection to the crash that wounded him. He left the hospital against medical advice before he could be arrested on those charges. The Bouwmans were murdered less than a month later.
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