Kentwood couple’s killer loses bid for appeal

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD)– The man convicted of killing an elderly Kentwood couple has lost his appeal.

David and Vivian Bouwman. (Undated courtesy photo)
David and Vivian Bouwman. (Undated courtesy photo)

Javonte Higgins is serving life in prison for the murders of 81-year-old David Bouwman and his 80-year-old wife, Vivian.

The couple was killed in their home on Jan. 5, 2014.

Police said Higgins broke into the home before shooting the couple and taking their car.

“You are clearly a very evil individual,” Judge Mark Trusock said at Higgins’ sentencing last year. “This is absolutely beyond my comprehension. How you can take a gun and stick it to an 81-year-old’s head and pull the trigger is beyond my thought process.”

The Michigan Appeals Court this week rejected Javonte Higgin’s request for an appeal.

Higgins argued he was deprived of his right to a fair trial when a judge allowed the jury to hear testimony about previous home break-ins and thefts he was connected to.

Higgins also claimed his rights were violated when the judge allowed jurors to ask questions of witnesses during the trial, but the Appeals Court disagreed, since Higgins did not object to this process during the trial.

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