KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - Six months after David and Vivian Bouwman were shot to death in their Kentwood home, Javonte Higgins will be charged with their murders.
A four-count felony warrant has been issued for Higgins, 22, in the deaths of David Bouwman, 81, and his 80-year-old wife Vivian. Higgins faces two counts of felony homicide, a count of felony first-degree home invasion and a count of felony firearm.
A Wednesday afternoon release from the Kentwood Police Department alleges Higgins killed the Bouwmans during the home invasion.
Higgins is set to be arraigned early Thursday afternoon. If convicted for murder, Higgins faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
== A news conference with Kentwood Police Chief Tom Hillen has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday. 24 Hour News 8 expects to stream that here on woodtv.com. ==
The Bouwmans were found dead in their home on Stowevalley Drive in Princeton Estates on the morning of Jan. 5. Both had been shot multiple times and there were signs of a struggle.
Police say the couple was likely murdered around 4 a.m. on Jan. 5. They said the killer likely broke in through a back door and that they suspected he had tried to break into other houses in the neighborhood before entering the Bouwmans' home.
After the Bouwmans were killed, their 2001 Cadillac DeVille was stolen, driven four miles to a Wyoming apartment complex, doused with an accelerant and set on fire.
Higgins was named the prime suspect in their murders on Jan. 14.
At the time of the Bouwmans' murders, Higgins was already wanted on charges connected to a home invasion, car theft and police chase in December 2012. That chase ended when the stolen vehicle crashed. Higgins was seriously injured in the wreck. But before he could be arrested, he left the hospital against medical advice.
The Bouwmans were murdered less than a month later.
Higgins was arrested outside of Chicago on Jan. 18 on the charges out of Wyoming. He fought extradition and was eventually brought back to Kent County under a governor's warrant.
Once he was returned to the Grand Rapids area, authorities collected DNA from Higgins. 24 Hour News 8 was told DNA test results have come back.
Since his arrest, he has been uncooperative in court, refusing to talk to judges and attorneys in both Illinois and Michigan. His behavior has also be erratic. In one court appearance, he was drooling. Before another, he had apparently smeared his own feces on his face.
Despite this behavior, he has been found competent to stand trial on charges of home invasion, auto theft, and fleeing and eluding out of Wyoming.
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