WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) - The Wyoming home invasion case against a man suspected in a Kentwood double homicide may be delayed again.
Javonte Higgins faces two counts of home invasion, unlawful driving away an automobile, and fleeing and eluding police.
Sources tell 24 Hour News 8 Higgins has refused to cooperate with a forensic exam ordered by the court to see if he is competent to stand trial.
The charges are connected to a December 2012 incident in which Higgins allegedly broke into a Wyoming home, stole a pickup truck, and then crashed it into a tree after leading police on a chase. He was injured in the wreck and checked himself out of the hospital before police could arrest him. He was later arrested outside of Chicago on Jan. 18.
Higgins has been anything but cooperative since he was arrested. He refused to speak during extradition hearings and was brought back to West Michigan only after a governor's warrant was approved. At a preliminary hearing in Kent County in April, Higgins drooled on himself while appearing on a video feed in court. He had reportedly been smearing his own feces on himself while jail.
Higgins is also the main suspect in the murders of David Bouwman, 81, and his 80-year-old wife Vivian, who were shot to death in the Kentwood home on Jan. 5. He has not yet been charged in that crime.
The Wyoming court has set a review date in September to check the status of Higgins' case and determine if they can schedule a competency hearing, or if another delay is necessary.
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