Mark David Latunski, the Shiawassee County man accused of killing and dismembering 25-year-old Kevin Bacon in December 2019, pleaded guilty to the crime.
Latunski, 52, appeared before Judge Matthew J. Stewart of the 35th Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 22, and pleaded guilty to open murder and mutilation of a body.
Latunski was originally charged with open murder and mutilation of a body in December 2019, days after Bacon’s mutilated body was discovered inside the basement of Latunski’s Bennington Township home.
Police Find Eaten Bacon’s Body Parts
On December 24, 2019, Bacon, a 25-year-old hairdresser from Swartz Creek, went out to meet a guy he married on Grindr – the dating and hookup app for predominantly gay, bisexual and transgender men.
The next day, after missing Christmas breakfast with his family, his father called the police. For three days, friends, family and authorities searched for Bacon. After Bacon’s roommate told him he was last seen before a date with a man he met on the dating app, police raided Latunski’s home.
Bacon was found stabbed to death, his body dangling from his ankles, his throat slit and parts of him eaten in the basement of Latunski’s home, according to police. His body was found on December 28, 2019.
After reading his rights, Latunski told police he planned to use Bacon’s blood and bones to fertilize plants on his property; he hoped to use his muscles for jerky and discovered that Latunski had fried and eaten Bacon’s testicles.
The Latunski Defense Agreement
Latunski admitted on Thursday to stabbing Bacon in the back while the two were at the former’s home. After Bacon died, Latunski said in court, he removed part of his body and took them to the kitchen.
The appeal came against the recommendation of Latunski’s attorney, Mary Chartier, who had indicated that she was interested in using an insanity defense at the trial.
“While this is not an outcome that (defense attorney) Mr. Krause and I feel is in Mr. Latunski’s best interests, we have to follow Mr. Latunski’s wishes,” Chartier said in court. “We discussed this issue and he was consistently very clear, more than once, several times, about his choice and his reasoning.”
She said during the hearing that while she respects his decision, she believes her client would be better suited in a hospital setting.
An open manslaughter charge encompasses first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and manslaughter. Shiawassee County Circuit Judge Matthew Stewart will determine which of these crimes were committed at an Oct. 18-19 hearing, Chartier said. A sentencing hearing will be held at a later date, she said. If convicted, Latunski faces a possible life sentence.
Previous incidents involving Latunski
Bacon was not Latunski’s first victim, according to police. During the fall of 2019, soldiers responded to a call for a partially clothed man being evicted from Latunski’s home, state police said. The man said he consented to be in the house and ran after being startled, police said.
There was also a custody kidnapping case in 2013, in which Latunski was initially found incompetent to stand trial. Latunski was later found competent to stand trial, but the charges were eventually dropped at the victim’s request.
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