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Javonte Higgins found guilty of double-murder


GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) -- 23-year-old Javonte Higgins has been found guilty on all counts, including two counts of felony murder in the deaths of Vivian and David Bouwman of Kentwood. 

The Kent County Circuit Court Jury deliberated one hour on Friday and most of Monday morning before returning with their verdict.

Higgins was charged with breaking into the elderly couple’s home and killing them when they confronted him in January of last year.  He then took their Cadillac and set it on fire. 

Higgins DNA on the bucket used to carry the gasoline and the testimony of Camari Boyd, the friend Higgins asked to help him get rid of the car may have been critical to the prosecution’s case. 

He was also found guilty of home invasion and using a firearm during a felony.

Defense attorney Valarie Foster says they plan to appeal.   

The felony murder convictions will mean mandatory life without parole when Higgins is sentenced on April 3rd.