GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Kent County jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder for killing an elderly couple in their Grand Rapids-area home before stealing their car. Prosecutors didn't present any physical evidence against Javonte Higgins but did offer many days of circumstantial evidence. Eighty-one-year-old David Bouwman and 80-year-old Vivian Bouwman were shot in their Kentwood home in January 2013.
DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit high school football star accused of body-slamming a school guard to the ground has made his first appearance in trial court. Jayru Campbell's appearance Monday was routine, and a not-guilty plea was entered. He's charged with assault for an incident that occurred in January at Cass Technical High School. The 17-year-old Campbell has said he'll play for Michigan State University in 2015.
DETROIT (AP) - Actress Mariska Hargitay (muh-RIHSH'-kuh HAR'-gih-tay) and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy have announced state legislation aimed at stopping serial rapists by better identifying and arresting suspects in sexual assault cases. The star from NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" on Monday said her Joyful Heart Foundation stands with Worthy in her efforts to have thousands of backlogged rape kits tested. In 2009, more than 11,000 sexual assault kits were found in a Detroit police storage facility.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Jurors have convicted a man of first-degree murder for killing an elderly couple in their home before stealing their car. The Kent County jury found Javonte Higgins guilty today, a few hours after resuming deliberations. Eighty-one-year-old David Bouwman and 80-year-old Vivian Bouwman were shot to death in their Kentwood home in January 2013.
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