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Higgins trial set to go to jury on Friday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - After three days of testimony in the trial of a man accused of murdering an elderly couple, the case will go to the jury on Friday.

Javonte Higgins is accused of killing David and Vivian Bouwman in their Kentwood home in January of 2013, and Thursday afternoon both the prosecution and defense rested their cases.

The defense only called the lead detective in the case back to the stand to clarify some answers she had already given.

Earlier Thursday, the jury heard testimony from Higgins' mother, who spoke about how she believed her son was depressed due to injuries he suffered in a car crash.

She says she wanted to take him to Pine Rest mental health, but he refused.

We also heard from another witness who mentioned that Higgins had been in prison--at which point the defense tried to move to declare a mistrial, arguing that isn't something the jury will be able to forget.

The judge denied the request, and testimony continued.

When both sides had finished calling witnesses, the defense asked the judge to consider a motion for a directed verdict, saying the prosecution had not fulfilled its burden of proof.

That motion was denied as well.

Both sides will be back in court Friday afternoon for closing arguments, at which time the case will go to the jury for a decision.