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UPDATE: Lincoln Co. man guilty of killing wife

UPDATED Wednesday, April 16, 2014 --- 1:00 p.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- A Lincoln County man has been found guilty of killing his wife and disposing of her body in a swamp.

Jurors deliberated Tuesday and Wednesday before finding Mark Bucki guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, strangulation-suffocation and hiding a body.

The defense tried to convince jurors that there was no physical evidence linking Bucki to the murder of his wife, Anita. The couple's adult son, Clint, testified that his father was innocent.

The state told jurors Bucki impeded the investigation by not helping search for his wife after she disappeared last April. Prosecutors pointed to circumstantial evidence including Bucki's finances, his wife's insurance policy and a lack of defensive wounds on her body, alleging she knew her killer.

WSAW-TV reports a sentencing date has not been set.

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UPDATED Wednesday, April 16, 2014 --- 9:28 a.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- Jurors have resumed deliberating whether a Lincoln County man killed his wife and dumped her body in a swamp last year.

The jury was sequestered at a hotel in Merrill overnight after beginning its discussions Tuesday. The clerk of courts office says jurors returned to the courthouse for deliberations at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Fifty-year-old Mark Bucki is accused of strangling and stabbing his estranged wife, Anita, before disposing of her body in Taylor County last April. Bucki reported his wife missing on April 26 and told police they had mutually agreed to a divorce in the hours before she disappeared.

The defense says there's no physical evidence tying his client to the crime.

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 15, 2014 --- 10:12 p.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- Jury deliberations have ended for the day in the murder trial of a Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp.

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 15, 2014 --- 8:52 p.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- Jury deliberations are underway in the murder trial of a Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp.

Authorities allege Mark Bucki strangled and then stabbed his estranged wife to death before dumping her body in a Taylor County swamp. Anita Bucki's body was discovered last May 10.

Daily Herald Media reports defense attorney James Lex told jurors Tuesday there is no physical evidence tying his client to the crime.

But in his closing statement, prosecutor Richard DuFour claimed Mark Bucki's "intense desire to end his marriage" led to the "brutal and senseless murder of Anita Bucki."

Bucki took the stand in his own defense, saying he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance or death.

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 15, 2014 --- 10:48 a.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- The Lincoln County man on trial for killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp denies having anything to do with her disappearance or death.

Fifty-year-old Mark Bucki took the stand in his own defense Tuesday. Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/1t5iPjJ ) reports Bucki testified he and Anita Bucki mutually agreed to a divorce in the hours before she disappeared. Bucki reported his wife missing April 26th. Her body was found May 10 in a swamp about 18 miles from the couple's house. She had been stabbed in the chest.

Bucki is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, strangulation or suffocation and concealing a corpse.

The jury will be sequestered at a Merrill hotel once deliberations begin, and that could happen later Tuesday.

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 15, 2014 --- 10:25 a.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- The Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp is expected to take the stand in his defense.

Mark Bucki's attorneys say they expect to call the 50-year-old defendant to the stand early Tuesday. Bucki has denied killing his wife, 48-year-old Anita Bucki, following an argument at their town of Corning home last April.

Bucki told police he had no idea what happened to his wife and reported her missing April 26. Her body was found May 10 in a swamp about 18 miles from the couple's house. She had been stabbed in the chest.

The jury will be sequestered at a Merrill hotel once deliberations begin, and that could happen later Tuesday.

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UPDATED Wednesday, April 9, 2014 --- 9:40 a.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- A close friend of a woman later found slain says the victim was determined to reconcile with her husband who is now on trial in Lincoln County for her death.

Julie Zietlow testified that Anita Bucki was planning to move back into the couple's house a day before she disappeared, despite the knowledge that her husband, Mark Bucki, had a new girlfriend. He reported his wife missing on April 26. Her body was found May 9 in a Taylor County swamp about 20 miles from the couple's Town of Corning home. She has been strangled and stabbed.

Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/1iwAGsM ) reports Zietlow told jurors Tuesday she tried to talk Anita out of moving back into the couple's home because Mark Bucki had told his wife to move on.

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 8, 2014 --- 6:40 a.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- A prosecutor says a Lincoln County woman desperately tried to save her deteriorating marriage in the days and hours leading up to her death.

Anita Bucki's husband, Mark Bucki, is on trial for strangling and stabbing her and dumping her body in a Taylor County swamp.

Lincoln County District Attorney Donald Dunphy told jurors Monday that Bucki killed his wife because he had a new girlfriend and wanted the victim out of his life.

Defense attorney Jessica Schuster told jurors there's no evidence that Bucki killed his wife -- no blood, no murder weapon. Daily Herald Media reports Schuster says the couple's marriage had been falling apart for years and that Anita Bucki was "fully aware" her husband was involved with another woman.

Anita Bucki's body was found May 9 after her husband reported her missing.

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UPDATED Monday, April 7. 2014 --- 8:40 a.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- Jury selection begins in Lincoln County for a man accused of killing his wife and hiding her body.

Fifty-year-old Mark Bucki is charged with stabbing and strangling 48-year-old Anita Bucki last April and hiding her body in a Taylor County swamp. Prosecutors say Bucki killed his wife as their relationship deteriorated and planned to have his girlfriend move into his house.

The Daily Herald Media (http://mnhne.ws/1srCZnO ) says 90 potential jurors will be questioned by attorneys Monday. They will cut that number to 15, including three alternate jurors. The panel will be sequestered at a Merrill hotel during deliberations. The trial is expected to last more than a week.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 25, 2013 --- 6:11 p.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man accused of killing his wife and hiding her body has been bound over for trial.

Forty-nine-year-old Mark Bucki appeared in Lincoln County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the judge found probable cause to believe Bucki committed a felony.

Bucki is charged with killing 48-year-old Anita Bucki. Her whose body was found near Medford, about 20 miles from the couple's home, several weeks after her husband reported her missing to sheriff's officials.

An autopsy showed Anita Bucki had seven stab wounds to the chest and severe bruising around her throat.

Bucki is being held on $2 million cash bond. A scheduling conference, where a date for arraignment will be set, is scheduled for Aug. 29.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 25, 2013 --- 11:34 a.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- A man accused of killing his wife and hiding her body is in Lincoln County Circuit Court.

Forty-nine-year-old Mark Bucki is in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday. He's charged with killing 48-year-old Anita Bucki whose body was found near Medford, about 20 miles from the couple's home, several weeks after her husband reported her missing to sheriff's officials.

An autopsy showed Anita Bucki had seven stab wounds to the chest and severe bruising around her throat.

Thursday's hearing will determine if there's enough evidence to send Bucki to trial. He's being held on $2 million cash bond.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 15, 2013 --- 12:04 p.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors say a life insurance policy and an extramarital affair, as well as other evidence, led to charges against a central Wisconsin man in the slaying of his wife.

Forty-nine-year-old Mark Bucki is charged in Lincoln County with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and strangulation and suffocation in the death of his 48-year-old wife, Anita Bucki.

Lincoln County District Attorney Don Dunphy tells the Wausau Daily Herald (http://wdhne.ws/10Gvmta) that Bucki admitted his wife had asked him to split the proceeds of a $150,000 life insurance policy with their son if anything happened to her. Dunphy says Bucki also admitted he was having an affair.

Bucki reported his wife missing April 26. Her body was found last Friday in Taylor County.

Bucki was ordered held Tuesday on $2 million bond.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 -- 11:38 p.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- A central Wisconsin man is now charged with killing his wife, whom he reported missing last month.

Forty-nine-year-old Mark Bucki was ordered held Tuesday on $2 million bond after his first court appearance.

Bucki is charged in Lincoln County with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and strangulation and suffocation in the death of his 48-year-old wife, Anita.

Bucki reported his wife missing April 26. Her body was found last Friday in a swampy, wooded area of Taylor County.

Investigators found blood on the living room carpet of the Buckis' house, on Mark Bucki's boots, jeans and a hat. Authorities are still waiting for lab results to confirm it's human blood, since Mark Bucki was an avid hunter.

Bucki is expected to return to court May 23.

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