Examiners find Mark David Latunski mentally incompetent for murder trial

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY (WJRT) (2/24/2020) - The man accused of killing and mutilating 25-year-old Kevin Bacon has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial on the charges he is facing.

Mark David Latunski will appear in court on Thursday morning, when a Shiawassee County judge will decide how the case will proceed, according to Shiawasse County Public Defender Doug Corwin.

The Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry conducted mental competency testing on 50-year-old Latunski earlier this month and ruled him incompetent. A judge will decide whether to accept the results.

Bacon of Swartz Creek was reported missing on Christmas Day and his body was found three days later in a secret room in Latunski's basement on Tyrrell Road in Shiawassee County's Bennington Township.

Corwin has asked the court to seek an insanity defense in the case.

Latunski was hospitalized twice last week for precautionary observation after Shiawassee County Jail staff found him unconscious in his cell. They used smelling salts to revive him before he went to the hospital.

Latunski's house is scheduled to be auctioned off Wednesday. Flint-based Security Credit Union is foreclosing on the property, so it will be up for a sheriff sale.

County property records show the home is valued at $92,000, but Zillow estimates the home is worth $111,000.