Defense contests competency of GRCC murder suspect

Marcus Bivins accused of stabbing, killing Jeanne Huntoon earlier this year

Marcus Bivins
Marcus Bivins' mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility. (May 1, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man accused of killing a 34-year-old woman in a random attack on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College has been found competent to stand trial by the state.

However, the attorney for 19-year-old Marcus Bivins says he still believes his client is not competent and wants another psychiatric exam.

Bivins is charged with open murder in the beating and stabbing death of 34-year-old Jeanne Huntoon of Muskegon.

Jeanne Huntoon
A courtesy photo of Jeanne Huntoon, 34, found dead on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College.

April 30 surveillance video from the GRCC parking ramp at Bostwick Avenue NE shows a man pacing around her body. Eventually the suspect – who police say is Bivins – dragged Huntoon’s body between some shrubs next to the parking ramp.

A witness caught sight of the suspect dragging Huntoon’s body and called police, who discovered her just after 2:45 a.m.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says a tip from a citizen led them to Bivins, who was arrested the day after the killing. According to court records, police say he confessed to the killing and said he would kill again.

GRPD says Huntoon and Bivins did not know one another and described the crime as “a random act of violence.”

Court hearings for Bivins have been delayed for months as he underwent a psychiatric exam conducted by state psychoanalysts.

However, defense attorney John Grace wants him to undergo another, independent psychiatric exam that will likely delay things for several more weeks. That means the earliest this case could appear before a jury is the fall.

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