Kentwood murder suspect, Javonte Higgins moved to Kent County Jail

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Cook County Jail photo of Javonte Higgins.
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  • GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The main suspect in the murder of an elderly Kentwood couple is behind bars in West Michigan.

    Javonte Higgins, 22, was booked at the Kent County Jail Thursday. He had been held in the Cook County Jail in Illinois since January when he was arrested near Chicago on unrelated charges.

    Higgins had been fighting extradition to Michigan. The Kent County Prosecutor's office tells WZZM 13 Higgins was extradited on a governor's warrant signed by Governor Snyder and the governor of Illinois.

    Higgins will be formally charged Friday morning in Wyoming 62-A District Court on four counts: 1st degree home invasion, 2nd degree home invasion, unlawfully driving a motor vehicle, and fleeing and eluding police. Those charges stem from a fall 2012 home invasion in Wyoming.

    Authorities say while fleeing police, Higgins crashed a stolen vehicle and injured his legs. He was hospitalized but checked himself out of the hospital before he could be charged.

    David Bouwman, 81, and his wife Vivian, 80, were shot to death January 5 inside their home on Stowevalley Drive SE during a home invasion. Higgins was living in the same neighborhood as Bouwmans at the time of their death.  He has not yet been charged with homicide in the Bouwman case.

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