GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In a jailhouse interview with FOX 17, the confessed killer of a Grand Rapids woman near a parking ramp said his "mind snapped."
Marcus Bivins, 19, confessed to stabbing and beating Jeanne Huntoon, 34, to death. Huntoon’s mother and best friend told FOX 17 the woman who brought so much joy to their lives was killed for no reason. The Grand Rapids Police Department officials called the homicide a “random” killing.
Wednesday Bivins apologized and claimed his mind overcame him.
“All I want to say is sorry,” said Bivins.
Then he began to claim mental illness as the reason behind this killing.
"Long story short, all of a sudden my mind clicked over to, and that’s when it happened,” Bivins said.
He said his “mind clicked over” before 3:00 a.m. April 30, the night he said he stabbed and beat Huntoon.
It is a crime partially seen in chilling parking ramp surveillance video: while Huntoon lay helpless on the sidewalk between a parking ramp and the Grand Rapids Community College campus, it showed Bivins pacing near her. Then Bivins is seen dragging Huntoon out of the camera’s view.
“It (my mind) went from trying to be nice and helping her, to vicious and wanting to see blood,” he said. “Like I told the mental health people, it wasn’t me. It was my split personality that hurt her.
Bivins said he ran into Huntoon a few times downtown that night. First, he said Huntoon asked him for a cigarette; then he said he saw Huntoon talking with another man; and finally Bivins said he helped her try to go to an apartment, and when the residents did not allow her inside he said Huntoon walked with him as he was walking away.
Claiming multiple personality disorder, Bivins said Huntoon did not deserve this.
“For some reason I have blacked out. She didn’t say anything to me. She didn’t do anything to me,” said Bivins. “It’s just some stuff that happened from my past made me black out and that’s what happened.”
He is a teen who has been in and out of the juvenile system for years, and offered one last apology to the Huntoon family; words that won’t bring Huntoon back.
"I’m very, very, very sorry that I hurt your family and I hurt your daughter,” said Bivins. “If I could take it back I would and if I could not---when I was talking to her she seemed like a nice person. If I could take back me hurting her, I would take it back a million times over."
Bivins said he wants to get help at a “mental institution” and get the medicine or counseling he needs. He said he is “not a danger to society," although a judge denied Bivins bond because a detective said Bivins told him, “he’ll kill again.”