MERRILL (WAOW) – The Merrill man accused of killing his wife told a police dispatcher that his wife was missing and he got texts from her that he didn't answer “because, I mean, like she's going to kill herself on most of them,” according to testimony Tuesday.
Jurors heard the 911 call that Mark Bucki made last April reporting his estranged wife, Anita, was missing as testimony begin in a trial expected to last nine days.
Bucki, 50, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and strangulation and suffocation in his wife's death. Prosecutors say she was stabbed and strangled and her body was dumped in some Taylor County woods.
According to the 911 call, Bucki told police that his 48-year-old wife was "psychologically a mess" because of the breakup of their 20-year marriage, according to a transcript of the call.
“I got texts from her that I didn't even answer because, I mean, like she's going to kill herself on most of them," Bucki told the dispatcher.
Two of Anita Bucki's co-workers were among seven prosecution witnesses who testified Tuesday morning.
Arla Luetschwager said she received an email from Mrs. Bucki reporting that she was distraught about the breakup of the marriage and offered that she was a better wife than her husband's new girlfriend.
Luetschwager said she had contacted Mrs. Bucki to tell her about a job opening, but Mrs. Bucki indicated she wasn't interested because she was moving to Minnesota.
According to the criminal complaint, Mark Bucki told investigators that he and his wife were separated and she was living in Wausau. He said she came to their Merrill home about 9 p.m. on April 25 and a discussion about divorce lasted 2-3 hours. He reported her missing the next day.