Cannibal Mark Latunski found guilty of murdering man named Kevin Bacon
A Michigan cannibal was convicted of killing a man named Kevin Bacon that he met on a dating app after admitting to the gruesome crime last month.
Mark Latunski, 53, was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder by Circuit Court Judge Matthew Stewart after almost two days of testimony in the sickening case where the cannibal reportedly told cops he ate part of the victim.
“The court finds that this is a crime of cold calculation,” Stewart said, according to Mlive.com. “Kevin Bacon’s death was Mark Latunski’s design.”
In the rare degree hearing, Stewart had a choice between first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter following Latunski’s open murder plea last month, the report said.
Latunski lured Bacon to his Bennington Township home in December where he then stabbed the victim in the back and removed parts of body before eating them, according to the outlet. He reportedly told cops he even cut off and ate Bacon’s testicles.
The perp and victim met on Grindr, a dating app for gay, bisexual and trans men.
Shiawassee County Prosecutor Scott Koerner argued during the hearing Latunski had time to change his mind before he killed Bacon, according to Mlive.com. The news outlet also reported the prosecutor said Latunski told officers he talked about buying a dehydrator to make jerky out of Bacon’s muscles.
“That’s not what Kevin wanted. Kevin wanted a fetish,” Koerner reportedly said. “He wanted to be protected. He wanted to make sure he was going to go home.”
Latunski’s lawyer Mary Chartier said her client did not plan on killing Bacon, and when police knocked on his door, he let cops in even though he knew there was a dead body in his basement, Mlive.com reported.
“A person in Mr. Latunski’s shoes, in his mindset, has to have fully evaluated the consequences of the killing,” she said.
Latunski also asked Bacon over text if he had medical issues that would get in the way of their fetish, which Chartier said he would not have done if he wanted to kill him before the victim came over.
She also insisted her client did not understand the gravity of his crime and that Latunski told police he didn’t plan anything connected to Bacon’s slaying, according to the outlet.
Bacon’s corpse was found by police hanging by the ankles from the ceiling of Latunski’s basement.
Latunski originally pleaded not guilty in an insanity defense before reserving course.