Michigan man pleads guilty after murdering, eating the testicles of another man he met on a dating app
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A Michigan man pleaded guilty last week to murdering, dismembering and eating the body parts of another man he met on a dating app.
Mark David Latunski, 53, of Shiawassee County, Michigan, admitted in court last Thursday to killing 25-year-old hairstylist Kevin Bacon after luring the University of Michigan-Flint student to his home in December 2019, according to local outlet Mlive. com.
Latunski pleaded guilty to body mutilation and open murder, which encompasses first and second degree murder.
Latunski admitted to stabbing Bacon in the back and taking parts of his corpse into the kitchen, where he ate them, after meeting the young man on Grindr, a hookup app for gay, bisexual and transgender men. He also reportedly admitted to police that he cut off Bacon’s testicles and consumed them.
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Police reportedly found Bacon’s corpse hanging from the ceiling of Latunski’s basement in 2019, with parts of him removed, his throat slit and a rope tied around his ankles.
« Kevin was a good boy, and he didn’t deserve what he got, » Bacon’s father Karl said, according to local WNEM. He said he hadn’t been able to process everything yet, but was relieved his family didn’t have to relive his son’s murder in court.
« We won’t have to cross a long track, » Karl said. « Reviewing photos of Kevin in court, maybe we won’t have to go through all that again. »
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The victim’s father also reportedly said there was no punishment severe enough for Latunski’s crimes, saying he hoped the murderous cannibal would get « life without parole ».
Mary Chartier, Latunski’s attorney, reportedly opposed the guilty plea and had hoped to bring an insanity defense.
“The law requires lawyers to follow the goals of clients deemed legally competent in relation to decisions, such as pleading guilty, even if the lawyers believe it is not in the best interest of the client,” Chartier said in a statement. statement to local TV5.
« We will continue to vigorously defend Mr. Latunski at the hearing and at sentencing, » the attorney added.
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Latunski faces another hearing on October 18, when it will be decided whether he is guilty of first or second degree murder or manslaughter. He faces a life sentence in Michigan, which in 1847 became the first government in the English-speaking world to ban capital punishment.