GRCC murder suspect found competent to stand trial


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 for a second time.

A Grand Rapids District Court judge made the ruling in Marcus Bivins’ case Wednesday, after reviewing a second competency exam performed by an independent group.

In August, Bivins’ attorney, John Grace, contested a state exam that found his client was competent to stand trial. Grace said he believed his client was not competent and should get another independent psychiatric exam.

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

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.”

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