Friends Testify Against Double Murder Suspect

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 5, 2014)– Wednesday was the second day of testimony in the trial of Javonte Higgins as the prosecutor worked to seek justice for the murders of David and Vivian Bouwman.

The first part of the day focused on Higgins’ criminal history, with people taking the stand to testify about alleged break-ins he was linked to in the past.

The jury also heard about a stolen truck that police say Higgins crashed just weeks before the murder that left him seriously injured.

Defense attorney Valerie Foster says she previously objected to having the cases brought up because it has nothing to do with this case, but that was overruled by the judge.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker said during his opening statements that it shows a pattern for Higgins.

The jury also heard from two of Higgins’ friends, including Lacie Martin, who testified she was with Higgins in the hours before the alleged shootings and dropped him off in the Bouwmans’ neighborhood.

Another friend of Higgins, Camari Boyd, also took the stand Wednesday.  He said  the Higgins he knows is a ‘nice’ person and told the prosecutor he actually didn’t want to be in court testifying.

Boyd told the jury that Higgins came to his apartment around 3 or 4 a.m. on Jan. 5, asking him to get rid of a car; the Cadillac that belonged to the Bouwmans.

He testified that Higgins also told him some people got shot, but couldn’t say for sure if Higgins actually said “I” shot anybody.

Boyd went on to testify about seeing Higgins leave his apartment with an orange bucket, the same orange bucket previous witnesses testified seeing at the scene of the Bouwmans’ burning car.

4 comments

  • jerry

    the white trash girl is guilty also for hanging with the black trash p- o- s- of a person and driving him into the area he broke into the home and had a gun give her 40 years

    • Curious

      If you watched the case from the beginning you would know that originally they were question about the "gun" and they said they couldn't tell.

  • Curious

    I wish Wood TV 8 didn't take all the comments down regarding Higgins so we could all still see how contradictory they were. There was signs of a struggle with David Bouwman and DNA found but it wasn't Higgins', whose was it? Strange. We all know that Kevon Jackson is dating a girl that Higgins use to date. Higgins had a bad break-up with this girl and she is very vindictive. Kevon's testimony is therefor tainted. Did anyone know that Lacie Martin and Kevon Jackson use to date? Well, they did. Did anyone know that Camari Boyd is good friends with Kevon? Probably didn't know that either. Why does the gas station video only show "Higgins" (Never saw a face and he's not the only one in the world with a limp) going to Subway to get a sub? There is more than one camera in popular gas stations. I want to see some footage of him buying gasoline or filling up the bucket! Does anyone else know who lived in the Bouwman's neighborhood? Higgins' mother. Strange he was dropped off in his mothers neighborhood right? haha These testimonies are a joke. All of a sudden Higgins worked by himself? Hmmm, where are the real FACTS? Camari is now changing to "He may have said he shot them" when before he definitely said "Some people got shot." What's really going on here? Definitely not saying he's an angel by any means, but I call a fish a damn fish if it smells fishy.

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