Bouwman Family Says Javonte Higgins ‘Deserves What He Got’

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 10, 2014) – A verdict was reached in the Javonte Higgins double murder trial Monday.

He was found guilty on all four counts, including home invasion and a firearms charge.

Higgins killed David and Vivian Bouwman in their home in Kentwood in January 2013.

The couple’s car was later found burning in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Higgins was arrested in Chicago, weeks after the murder.

The jury, who asked a lot of questions throughout the trial, had two more this morning. Questions that led the judge to read instructions on aiding and abetting.  Following that, the jury came back with a verdict within minutes.

It’s a day the Bouwmansfamily has been waiting for for more than year, and several family and friends of theirs were in court every step of the way.

Tom Kelly, the Bouwman’s son-in-law, spoke on behalf the family after court Monday, saying they felt justice was served in the memory of their parents.

While he says with the help of their faith they have forgiven Higgins, he still had some strong words for him, saying he deserves what he got.

Javonte Higgins is the lowest form of humanity that we can have on God’s green earth, he has a total disregard for life and property of others and shows no remorse at all for what he’s done to our family,” said Kelly.

 Kelly said Monday’s verdict will allow them to have some closure in their lives as they start to heal and rebuild things again.

Val Foster, Higgins’ defense attorney, says she plans to appeal the conviction. During the trial she called for a mistrial, after a witness testified mentioning she met Higgins after ‘prison,’ Foster said that prejudiced her client beyond repair.

 Higgins is set to be sentenced in April.


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  • jerry

    hey val foster if it was your family iam sure you would not want a mistrial . i say give him 30 days and let him out so some one can put a gun in his face on the steps of the court house

  • TheFoundingFathers

    This monkey should be executed ASAP! This little piece of trash does not deserve to live on OUR TAX DOLLAR for the rest of his life. Just kill him and save us all a lot of money.

  • Jim

    Really…. His lawyer is no better with the comment him being a Marine as well as her. What does that have to do with anything with this situation. Not a thing. Don't disgrace any military service. And the comment he had to do what what he had to do for himself and family. What's that about.