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Judge rules Mark Latunski incompetent to stand trial

Posted at 10:15 AM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 10:15:41-05

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, Mich. — Judge Ward L. Clarkson has ruled accused murderer Mark Latunski incompetent to stand trial. He will be sent to a forensic center in Ypsilanti until he regains competence.

A competency evaluation was completed on Latunski by health officials earlier this week. After the 30-day exam at a state psychiatric hospital in Ypsilanti, hospital officials deemed Latunski unfit to stand trial.

“It was the opinion of the forensic center in Ypsilanti that he’s incompetent at this time,” said public defender Doug Corwin.

Corwin added that he was confident that Clarkson would find him incompetent. “There’s no professional that says he’s not,” said Corwin.

Latunski is charged with killing and mutilating 25-year-old Kevin Bacon from Swartz Creek in late December.

Latunski can be brought to trial at any point because there's no statute of limitations on murder.

Corwin requested the evaluation because of his own concerns about his client's mental state and has previously said Latunski's mental state is not improving.

"There has not been a change at this time, in fact, I think he's getting worse. His ability to distinguish what is real and what is not," said Corwin.

"I think he knows the charges, but because of what's going on with his thinking, he's not able to help us defend him. The other day I talked to him, I had three questions for him that took 45 minutes to kind of get an answer out of him," said Corwin.

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