Trial underway for man accused in 2016 murder on GRCC campus

Trial underway for man accused of 2016 murder on campus of Grand Rapids Community College

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) - Testimony is expected to get underway Tuesday in the trial of a Grand Rapids man accused of killing a 34-year-old woman in a random attack on the Grand Rapids Community College campus more than a year ago.

Marcus Bivins, 20, is accused of killing Jeanne Huntoon, whose body was found near a campus parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue NE.

Jury selection got underway Monday in Kent County Circuit Court. Both sides are expected to present opening statements on Tuesday before Judge Joseph Rossi.

Grand Rapids Police Department investigators say Bivins admitted to the April 30, 2016 murder, adding that Bivins had a fascination with killing someone.

Investigators say they believe Bivins beat and stabbed Huntoon early on April 30 and hid the body near a campus parking ramp. A witness reported seeing a man dragging the body.

Investigators obtained surveillance video that helped them track some of the movement that morning. Police say after being arrested, Bivins described specific details of the assault only the attacker would know.

Family members say Huntoon, who was from Muskegon, dealt with homelessness from time to time. She was on a waiting list to get into a residential program offered by Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids. She spent many nights at Mel Trotter's shelter but decided not to go the night of the murder.

Bivins is being held without bond at the Kent County Jail. If convicted of first-degree murder, Bivins faces mandatory life in prison.

 

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