Javonte Higgins Asks Judge, “You Want to Kill Me?”

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KENTWOOD, Mich.- Javonte Higgins appeared very confused in court Thursday as he was charged with the double murder of David and Vivian Bouwman.  

“I don’t quite, I don’t really know what’s going on like that,” Higgins said in his video arraignment.

He gazed around, appearing disoriented and flustered, sometimes twitching as Judge William Kelly charged him for the January murders.

Higgins replied, “That’s not, that’s not, that can’t be, that can’t be.”

The Kentwood grandparents were found dead from gunshot wounds Jan. 5. 

Kentwood Police Chief and Kent County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Becker say charging Higgins sooner would have been counterproductive because of the forensic exam in a previous case that showed Higgins competent to stand trial.  

In other court appearances for that case, Higgins was unresponsive rocking, drooling and even smearing his own feces in his cell before facing a judge.

“I can’t, I can’t, I don’t, I can’t get a hold of this.  I don’t know what you want me to do but I don’t want to be in trouble,” Higgins said to Judge Kelly during Thursday’s arraignment.

At one point in the investigation authorities were looking for an accomplice. During the press conference Thursday they said they now believe Higgins acted alone.

At one point in the arraignment Judge Kelly asked Higgins, “Do you understand if someone killed you they’d be facing consequences?  They’d be facing murder charges?”

Higgins responded, “You, you want to kill me?”

During the arraignment the Bouwman family sat in the courtroom, visibly shaken by Higgins bizarre behavior.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 24 and he is currently held on $1 million bond.

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  • alvin karpis

    This is all part of this bozo's insanity act. Because he has no cards to play. My answer would have been Yes! That is exactly what we would like to do, is kill you. Unfortunately, Michigan does no have the death penalty. So the citizen's of this great state, will be forced to pay for the rest of your meager existence in prison.

  • Marilyn

    Drug induced insanity doesn't count as real insanity…if, indeed it isn't an act! He had a choice to not take drugs and he chose poorly. He needs to pay the consequences of his actions!!! He's such a waste of space!!!!

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