Bucki trial day 1: Jurors selected, first witness testifies
MERRILL (WAOW) – The first witnesses for the prosecution have taken the stand Tuesday in a Lincoln County murder trial.
A Merrill man is accused of killing his estranged wife after she came to talk to him about the marriage and then hid evidence by cutting out a piece of carpet and hiding her body in the woods, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.
But Mark Bucki's attorney said in opening statements that there was no evidence that proves Bucki had anything to do with her death.
Bucki, 50, of Merrill was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and strangulation and suffocation in his wife, Anita's, death about a year ago. Prosecutors say she was stabbed and strangled.
An eight-man, seven-woman jury, including three alternates, was selected for the trial Monday. The first prosecution witnesses are scheduled to testify Tuesday. The trial is scheduled for nine days.
Court records indicate more than 70 prosecution witnesses could testify.
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.
More than two weeks later, a rural Taylor County couple on a walk spotted some human remains about 10 miles east of Medford and they were identified as Anita Bucki.
Prosecutors say the 48-year-old woman was stabbed seven times and she was strangled.
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