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Bucki trial day 5: Prosecution wraps up case in Bucki murder trial

MERRILL (WAOW) – The prosecution wrapped up its case Friday against a Merrill man accused of killing his estranged wife and dumping her body in some Taylor County woods.

The last testimony included some from the defendant himself. Mark Bucki acknowledged in a video interview with an investigator that he had to be a suspect, in part because he was involved with another woman and his wife was fighting to save a marriage he didn't want.
About 40 prosecution witnesses testified over five days. The trial resumes Monday with Bucki's version of the case. It was not immediately known if he will testify.

Bucki, 50, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and strangulation and suffocation in his wife's death about a year ago.

Prosecutors say the 48-year-old woman was stabbed seven times and she was strangled.

Bucki told investigators that his wife 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.

Jurors on Friday heard a videotaped interview of Bucki being questioned by investigators about his wife and the new woman he met that he described as a “fantasy” and an “angel.”

The interview took place three days after Bucki reported his wife missing.

Bucki said he and his wife, Anita, argued about their marriage the night before she disappeared and she knew that he was seeing another woman named Angie.

I got nothing to hide. I was scared to death to call you guys cuz I know everything's looking, you know, I am a point of interest,” Bucki told the investigator. “How can I not be, but it's just the way everything's worked out (inaudible), me and Angie.”

In other testimony Friday, an investigator said the bed of Mark Bucki's  pickup truck had been cleaned with a cleaner shortly after the husband reported his wife missing.

Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Randy Ruleau told jurors that a burn barrel on Mark Bucki's property was also warm, he smelled bleach near it and he saw something that looked like silver mesh from a carpet back was inside it.
Ruleau testified that he talked to Bucki about his missing wife shortly after he reported her missing and he appeared tired and unconcerned.

Brad Kust of state Division of Criminal Investigation told jurors he interviewed Bucki after his wife's body was found.

Kust said he accused Bucki of killing her and it took the husband some time to say he did not.

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