Update: Judge determines Latunski is not competent to stand trial


UPDATE 8:43 a.m. – A judge has determined that Mark Latunski is not competent to stand trial and will be sent to a forensic center until he is determined to be competent.

The hearing lasted about ten minutes this morning in a Shiawassee County courtroom.

Kevin Bacon’s family was in court and say they have their own doubts.

They say Latunski has claimed he had mental issues before.

“He played this card in the past and he got off on certain charges in the past. I think he tried to do the same thing again. Which in this case it is not going to work. Because it involves a capitol case and he is going to stay behind bars no matter what.” Said Karl Bacon, Kevin’s dad

Latunski’s treatment will include medication, psychiatric assessment, and counseling.

His lawyer, Douglas J. Corwin. says it might take sometime to find the right combination of medication that will help him.

“what the center will do is evaluate him based on everything that they knew at that time..look at and try to decide with certainty whether he knew right from wrong at that time or if he was so mentally impaired..he could not follow the law.” Said Douglas J. Corwin, Public Defender for Latunski.

Kevin Bacon’s parents were at the courthouse, to hear the judges ruling.

“He thought he was going to get free by doing insanity thing, but he was wrong. He will remain in custody until he is found competent.” Said Bacon added.

To them, it still does not feel real.

“You expect to hear from him every once in awhile, he used to call us every night and we do not get that. It’s just an empty feeling. He used to do everyone’s hair and the family too. It’s not the same, it’s not the same..never will be.” Bacon added.

Corwin also thinks Latunski will see the courtroom.

I have seen the forensic center get people competent on multiple occasions so I am not going to sit back and do nothing I plan that this will head to trial and we will keep getting it ready.”Corwin added.

Original Story: The suspect in the Kevin Bacon murder case, Mark Latunski, is back in court today for a hearing to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial on charges of murdering and mutiliating Kevin Bacon in December.

Latunski, 50, is charged with open murder and mutilation of a body in connection with the Dec. 28, 2019 death of 25-year-old Bacon at Latunski’s Shiawassee County home.

It has been reported that Latunski is mentally incompetent to stand trial.

His home was sold in an auction earlier this week to a Fenton man.

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