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Suspect in Bouwman murders in court on home invasion charge


Caroline MacGregor
April 5, 2013 | WGVU   Higgins was charged this morning with two counts of home invasion that took place in Wyoming last December - a month before the shooting deaths of David and Vivian Bouwman. Higgins was also charged with stealing a pickup truck, and fleeing and eluding police. He led police on a chase and crashed and was briefly hospitalized. While police were obtaining a warrant for his arrest he walked out of the hospital.

On January 5th, 81 year-old David Bouwman and his wife, 80 year-old Vivian Bouwman, were found shot to death in their home in Kentwood. Higgins was the main suspect in the case but was able to elude police before being arrested in Chicago on a separate home invasion charge and felony auto theft. He refused to cooperate with police about the Bouwman murders and was finally extradited to Michigan this week.

In Wyoming District Court today Higgins remained mute as the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 17th. He has not been charged in the Bouwman murder case.


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Thursday
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Wednesday
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Tuesday
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Monday
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All workers to be back at Tech Center by Friday
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Ottawa County Good Samaritan dies after helping stranded motorist
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Dearborn says no new hookah cafes for 6 months
Dearborn MI  August 18, 2014  |  AP  A Detroit suburb known for an abundance of hookah cafes has ordered that no new ones be opened in the next six months.   
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Ann Arbor MI  August 18, 2014  |  AP  The University of Michigan is taking part in a clinical trial of a technique to keep lungs alive for days after death, greatly extending the possibility of transplanting them into a needy recipient.    
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