Michigan man pleads guilty to murder, mutilation

After numerous psychological evaluations, Latunski had been found mentally competent to stand trial.
 Mark David Latunski appears for a arraignment on a video feed from the Shiawassee County Jail.
Mark David Latunski appears for a arraignment on a video feed from the Shiawassee County Jail. (WJRT)
Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 2:31 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2022 at 10:57 PM EDT
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CORUNNA, Mich. (WILX) - The man accused of murdering, then mutilating another man in late 2019 has pleaded guilty.

On Thursday, Mark David Latunski pleaded guilty to one count of homicide open murder, and one count of disinterment and mutilation of a dead body during a plea hearing in Shiawassee County.

In December 2019, 25-year-old Kevin Bacon met Latunski through a dating app. Bacon’s parents reported him missing when he didn’t show up to a family gathering on Christmas Eve. On Dec. 28, he was found murdered in the basement of Latunski’s home in Bennington Township.

When police discovered Bacon’s body, Latunski admitted that he had killed the college student by stabbing him in the back and slitting his throat. He said he then ate part of his body.

After numerous psychological evaluations, Latunski had been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Bacon’s father said it was difficult to see his son’s photos in the courtroom, but he’s relieved there will not be a trial.

“We’re kind of glad this chapter of our lives are coming to a close hopefully pretty soon,” Karl Bacon said.

Read: Kevin Bacon’s father reacts to cannibal killer’s guilty plea

Latunski faces life in prison without parole.

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