A Michigan man accused of killing, dismembering and eating another man’s parts has pleaded guilty.
Mark David Latunski, 52, entered a plea before Judge Matthew J Stewart in the 35th District Court on Thursday, according to MLive.com.
He pleaded guilty to charges of open murder and mutilation of the body. “Open murder” includes both first and second degree murder. A hearing on October 18 will determine whether he will be convicted of first or second degree murder or manslaughter.
Latunski killed, dismembered and consumed parts of a 25-year-old victim named Kevin Bacon in 2019.
Police discovered Bacon’s mutilated remains in Latunski’s basement days after the murder. He was then arrested and charged.
According to police reports, Bacon was stabbed, hung from his ankles, had his throat cut, and then parts of his body were removed and eaten by Latunski.
The defendant’s attorney recommended against entering the plea and originally planned to pursue an insanity defense for his client.
“Although it is not a result that [defense attorney] Mr. Krause and I think it’s in Mr. Latunski’s best interest, we have to follow Mr. Latunski’s wishes,” Mary Chartier, Latunski’s attorney, said in court. “We discussed this matter and he was always very clear, more than once, many times, about his choice and his reasoning.”
If Latunski is found guilty, he faces a life sentence.
Ms Chartier said she respected her client’s decision to plead guilty, but believed he would be better placed to be treated in a clinical setting and not in prison.
Bacon and Latunski met through dating app Grindr, WNEM reports. The men met at Latunski’s house and, according to Latunski, Mr. Bacon told him he was suicidal.
Latunksi reportedly confessed to investigators that he told Bacon he could help him “disappear.” He said he stabbed the man in the back of the neck, but then slit his throat after realizing he was still alive. He claimed he did it to make sure Bacon was not in pain.
The defendant told investigators he often ate Rocky Mountain oysters – bull testicles – and decided to do the same with Bacon’s body parts. Bacon’s DNA was found in a skillet on a stove inside Latunski’s home, and Latunski’s DNA was found on the handle.
“He went upstairs, he saw that, in his words, ‘it was a new moon,'” Michigan State Police Department Detective Sargent James Moore said. freezer, he decided to use Kevin Bacon’s testicles.