'Cannibal', 51, accused of murdering and mutilating a man named Kevin Bacon is ...

An accused Michigan cannibal charged with killing and mutilating a man he met through the dating app Grindr is mentally fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Monday.

Shiawassee County District Judge Ward Clarkson ruled Mark Latunski competent for trial this morning and slated his preliminary hearing to commence on October 23, public defender Doug Corwin revealed to WILX-TV.

The 51-year-old has been charged with the murder and mutilation of Kevin Bacon, 25, who was found dead inside a secret room in the basement of Latunski’s Bennington Township home on December 28 – four days after he was last seen alive.

Bacon was found by police suspended from a ceiling by his ankles. He had been stabbed twice, before having his throat cut.

Investigators say Latunski admitted to later cutting off the victim’s testicles with a knife and eating them.

Mark Latunski (pictured December, 2019) was ruled competent to stand trial this morning and slated his preliminary hearing to commence on October 23

Mark Latunski (pictured December, 2019) was ruled competent to stand trial this morning and slated his preliminary hearing to commence on October 23

The 51-year-old has been charged with the murder and mutilation of Kevin Bacon, 25, who was found in a secret room inside the basement of Latunski’s Bennington Township home on December 28 – four days after he was last seen alive.

Kevin Bacon pictured in a Facebook image

The 51-year-old has been charged with the murder and mutilation of Kevin Bacon, 25, who was found in a secret room inside the basement of Latunski’s Bennington Township home on December 28 – four days after he was last seen alive.

Bacon’s father, Karl Bacon, expressed relief to Michigan Live over the court’s ruling Monday, as he seeks to obtain justice for his son.

‘I’m glad that it’s moving along, finally we’re getting some movement,’ Karl Bacon said. ‘This whole COVID thing has put everything on hold.

Latunski has been receiving treatment in an Ypsilanti psychiatric hospital for several months. He was transferred to the facility from the county jail in June, four months after being found unresponsive in his cell in February.

Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole previously said there was some delay in his transfer over COVID-19 and the wait for a bed to open at the secured facility.

Latuski was initially found not competent to stand trial in late February after forensic evaluations were approved by Shiawassee Chief District Judge Ward L. Clarkson. The motion triggered a 15-month window to find him competent.

On October 2, Corwin, Latunski’s public defender filed for an independent psychological evaluation to be carried out ahead of the decision. Corwin previously filed an insanity defense for his client.

Karl Bacon said he’s been anxiously awaiting the judge’s decision, adding that the family is seeking only one outcome in the case.

‘We’re hoping he gets prison for the rest of his life,’ he said. ‘That’s what we’re going for.’

Bacon’s father, Karl Bacon (pictured with wife Pam), expressed relief to Michigan Live over the court’s ruling Monday, as he seeks to obtain justice for his son

Bacon’s father, Karl Bacon (pictured with wife Pam), expressed relief to Michigan Live over the court’s ruling Monday, as he seeks to obtain justice for his son

Latunski has been receiving treatment in an Ypsilanti psychiatric hospital for several months. He was transferred to the facility from the county jail in June, four months after being found unresponsive in his cell in February.

Latunski pictured in his December 2019 mugshot

Latunski has been receiving treatment in an Ypsilanti psychiatric hospital for several months. He was transferred to the facility from the county jail in June, four months after being found unresponsive in his cell in February.

Aspiring hairdresser Kevin Bacon was last seen alive on December 24, when his roommate said he left their home to meet up with a man he’d met on the mobile dating app Grindr before completely vanishing.

The man he was venturing off to meet, police would later discover, was Latunski – and a horrifying fate awaited the 25-year-old when he stepped inside the suspect’s home.

Bacon was reported missing by his dad Karl on December 25 after he failed to show for the family's annual Christmas breakfast.

Police soon found Kevin Bacon's car at a Family Dollar in Clayton Township, later discovering his phone, wallet and some clothes inside the vehicle.

Three days later, Michigan State Police

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