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No public viewing for Latunski's house being auctioned off

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 16:14:06-05

SHIAWASSEE CO., Mich. — Mark Latunski’s home at 703 Tyrrel Road in Bennington Township is scheduled to go up for auction.

Mark Latunksi is charged with killing Kevin Bacon and eating part of his remains around Christmas.

The home belonging to him has been foreclosed on.

The auction is at 10 a.m. on Feb. 26 and will take place at Shiawassee Circuit Court.

Security Credit Union, based in Flint, is the mortgage company that owns the property.

They are expected to set the opening bid for the home.

They say that there will be no public viewing of the house before the auction.

County property records indicate the home is valued at $92,800, but estimates the home is worth $111,770.

Records indicate the home sold for $80,000 in 2001.

Kevin Bacon was killed in the home, prosecutors have charged Latunski with the crime.

Morrice area-resident, Mark Latunski, 50, was charged with one count of open murder and one count of mutilation of a human body.

A friend of Bacon said he was going to meet up with someone from a dating app.

Bacon was last seen at his residence around 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Family members reported him missing after he failed to show up for breakfast on Christmas.

Investigators say Bacon's vehicle was found on Thursday, Dec. 26, in Clayton Township near his home.

Police found the body in Latunski's home on December 28.

When they entered Latunski's Shiawassee County home, detectives testified they found Bacon hanging naked from the ceiling.

According to testimony from a detective, Latunski confessed to killing Bacon by stabbing him with a knife in the back one time then slitting his throat.

He also admitted to police he wrapped a rope around Bacon’s ankles and hung him from the rafters on the ceiling.

Latunski appeared very briefly through video conference from the Shiawassee County Jail on January 8, 2020, the hearing itself only lasting about two minutes.

Latunski plead insanity in the case of Bacon's murder.

Doug Corwin, Shiawassee County Public Defender spoke about the insanity plea. He said, "He believes his name is someone else. He believes he's from a royal family out of Wales, the Thomas Clan, and, just the nature of the crime itself, you've got to send him for this evaluation."

And the court did.

In two to three months, Latunski will be sent to the forensic center in Saline for a competency test. He'll stay there until psychologists believe he's able to understand what's happening in court.

There is no statute of limitations on open murder charges.

Corwin said, "They would have to find him not to be a danger to release (him)."

They'll also take into account his past hospitalizations.

Court records show he was found incompetent to stand trial in 2014 when he was charged with kidnapping two of his four children. He was eventually found competent more than a year later, but his ex-wife dismissed the charges.

Latunski's attorney says he's being kept in a cell with other inmates and he described Latunski as being "cooperative and polite."

After the court appearance on Wednesday, a reporter asked the attorney if Latunski is denying that he committed the crime.

Corwin replied, "I can't answer that. At this point it's not whether or not he's denying it or admitting it, it's a point of checking his mental health."

The public defender says his office is doing their own investigation and that they're still waiting to receive some documents from the prosecuting attorney and they're hoping to have those soon.

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