A judge will allow a man to plead insanity after he allegedly confessed to slaughtering his Grindr date in his basement and then eating parts of his body.
The 50-year-old man from Michigan in the US has admitted to fatally stabbing 25-year-old Kevin Bacon on Christmas Eve before slicing his throat and cutting off one of his testicles, which he later cooked and ate.
Mark Latunski met Bacon through Grindr but unfortunately for the hairstylist and University of Michigan-Flint student, he was found dead at the killer’s home on December 28.
Latunski has been charged with one count of open murder and one count of mutilation of a human body and is currently being held without bond at Shiawassee County Jail.
During a brief hearing on Wednesday, Shiawassee Chief District Judge Ward L. Clarkson approved the defence team’s request to use the insanity defence and have their client undergo competency evaluations.
In court documents filed Tuesday, public defence attorney Douglas Corwin highlighted Latunski’s history of mental illness and several outlandish claims he has made since his arrest—including that he is a royal from another country and the victim of an international assassination conspiracy.
The victim’s father spoke to the media on Monday and said his son had obviously got into something he wasn’t prepared for.
“We all make mistakes,” said Bacon’s Father.
“It’s gut-wrenching to hear the details, and we’re just beside ourselves.”
This Wasn’t The First Time
The tragic slaying comes after two men, who also met Latunski through the dating app, fled his basement in October and November, authorities said.
Although both men were partially clothed and terrified when they ran out of his home, they declined to press charges and claimed the encounters were consensual.
Bacon was reported missing on Dec. 25 after his family became concerned when he didn’t come home for a family holiday breakfast.
Later that day, police found Bacon’s car at a Family Dollar store with his phone, wallet, and some clothes inside.
On Dec. 28, Michigan State Police and the Clayton Township Police Department performed a welfare check on Latunski’s home, after finding Bacon’s conversations on Grindr, authorities said.
Upon entering the home, authorities found Bacon naked and hanging by his ankles from the ceiling.
Latunski allegedly confessed that he had murdered Bacon before tying a rope around his ankles and hanging him on a rafter, according to a court transcript obtained by MLive.
He also allegedly admitted that he used the knife to cut off one of Bacon’s testicles—which he later ate.
In addition to the suspicious encounters, court records also indicate Latunski has a lengthy criminal history, including a 2013 charge for allegedly taking two of his four children from their mother.
While those charges were dismissed, his ex-wife claimed in one motion that Latunski was diagnosed with depression, paranoid schizophrenia, and exhibits traits of a personality disorder.
Latunski has also had at least four mental health commitments ordered by two different judges, according to the Tuesday motion, stating that his last husband left him because of “increasing mental health issues and fearing for his life.”
Latunski’s psychological evaluation will take three months to complete.