KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - The man accused of murdering a Kentwood couple in their home in January has been ordered to stand trial.
Javonte Higgins will stand trial for the homicides of 81-year-old David Bouwman and his 80-year-old wife Vivian, a judge ruled Monday afternoon.
Higgins was in court for the second half of his preliminary hearing, which began Oct. 3.
A witness testified Monday about seeing a man dump the contents of an orange bucket -- which authorities have said was gasoline -- onto the Bouwmans' car and setting it on fire in the parking lot of a Wyoming apartment complex less than five miles from the Bouwmans' home.
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. The Bouwmans' home had not been ransacked, but their Cadillac DeVille had been stolen.
During the Oct. 3 preliminary hearing, one of Higgins' friends testified Higgins had come to him after the Bouwmans were killed, saying he needed to get rid of a car and that "Some people got shot."
Higgins was arrested near Chicago less than two weeks later.
Higgins has acted strangely since then, fighting extradition from Illinois by refusing to speak to his lawyer or judges. He also drooled during court proceedings and on at least one occasion smeared his face with his own feces while in jail.
It was months before Higgins was charged with the Bouwman homicides. It was during that July 11 arraignment that Higgins spoke in court for the first time since his arrest, saying he didn't want to get in trouble.
The legal proceedings have dragged on as Higgins has undergone competency examinations in Kentwood and for a case out of Wyoming.
In the Wyoming case, Higgins faces home invasion and auto theft charges -- a case which is also 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.
A man who did not arrive at work in Muskegon County on Monday was found out of state Wednesday.
Allison Hoendervanger, a special education teacher with Saranac Community Schools, has been suspended as the allegations are investigated.
Jeffery Pratt was 28 years old.