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On Monday, Dec. 30, Mark David Latunski, 50, of the Morrice area was charged formally with the murder and mutilation of 25-year-old Swartz Creek resident Kevin Bacon. He was arraigned in 66th District Court on one count of open murder and one count of mutilation of a human body, and he faces up to life in prison with no chance of parole if convicted.
Latunski did not physically appear in court but was arraigned through video. When asked to confirm his name as Mark Latunski, he said that that was his nephew’s name and that he is actually called “Edgar Thomas Hill.” District Court Judge Ward L. Clarkson ignored this answer and continued with proceedings.
Latunski was appointed a public defender and a preliminary examination is set for Jan. 8 and a pretrial for Jan. 14. Clarkson ruled that Latunski will be held with no bond pending trial.
Last seen alive on Christmas Eve, Bacon’s roommate said that he had met a man on a dating app and was going to see him. Bacon’s body was discovered Saturday at Latunski’s home. According to an MLive report, police made the connection to Latunski after “Facebook posts were relayed to the Clayton Township Police Department, according to Kevin Bacon’s dad, Karl Bacon.”
Bacon’s family members said they became worried after he didn’t show up for breakfast on Christmas day. At 5 p.m. on Christmas day, Karl Bacon said he called the police and later found his son’s car in a Swartz Creek Family Dollar parking lot.
Bacon was a hairstylist and student at the University of Michigan-Flint studying psychology. “Footloose” actor Kevin Bacon, 61, who shares the victim’s name sent condolences to Bacon’s family Monday via Instagram after learning of the case.
“For obvious reasons, I’m thinking this morning about the friends and family of this young person Kevin Bacon,” he wrote. “His life was taken from him much too soon. His love was hair dressing. I bet he would have done a great job on this mess on my head. RIP KB.”
This is a developing story.