Two dead bodies discovered

By Katherine Wartell

The neighbor of a woman found dead in her home Friday told The Mercury Saturday that there had been a history of harassment between the woman and a man whose body was discovered at the same time.

Authorities identified the deceased as Amanda Bonner, 23, of 715 Yuma Street, and Kawon Higgins, 26. The bodies were discovered Friday afternoon.

Police have not categorized the event as a murder-suicide, confirming only the identities of the bodies found in Bonner’s home.

They have not discussed the nature of the deaths, saying they would not release information until the investigation is further along and the autopsies have been performed. Capt. Jeff Hooper did say they are investigating the deaths as suspicious.

The neighbor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that from the first week Bonner moved in about six months ago, there had been calls to police regarding Higgins, whose address is unknown. The allegation was that he had been peeping into Bonner’s residence. 

The neighbor said that Bonner had come over to her house and asked her to watch out for Higgins. She said police had been called “at least 10 to 12 times” about his peeping. She said that to her understanding, Bonner had a protective order placed against Higgins.

She also said Bonner’s tires had been slashed as well as the tires of her boyfriend.  Bonner was the mother of twins, a young boy and girl.

The neighbor said that not only was Bonner put in jeopardy, but her neighbors were as well.

“A peeper doesn’t stay a peeper. I’ve made complaints to everyone trying to get something done,” she said.

Depending on whether the Friday deaths are eventually categorized as a murder-suicide or double homicide, they will bring the 2011 murder count here to five or six.

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