CORUNNA, Mich. (WLNS) — A jury found Mark Latunski guilty of first-degree murder after he admitted to killing and dismembering a man.
The ruling came Wednesday from Shiawassee County Circuit Court Judge Matthew J. Stewart, mLive reported.
Stewart had to determine if Latunski, 53, was guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter.
The verdict comes nearly three years after Latunski murdered 25-year-old Kevin Bacon sometime before Christmas Day in 2019.
Latunski’s attorney, Mary Chartier, argued that he never intended to murder Bacon, based on Latunski asking Bacon if he had any pre-existing medical conditions via text prior to their meeting.
“Police found a dead body in his basement that he would confess to killing and he thinks it’s a big misunderstanding. He did not measure the consequences of the killing”, said Chartier.
Additionally, Chartier said that Latunski did not evaluate the impact of the murder, because he went to a Christmas party after killing Bacon without washing the blood from his hands.
Shiawassee County Prosecutor Scott Koerner said the killing was premeditated.
“He did not have the knife initially when he was in the bedroom. He went back up one flight of stairs, came back down again, killed him, stabbed him,” said Koerner.