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Bucki trial day 6: Bucki expected to testify in murder trial

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LINCOLN COUNTY (WAOW) -- The Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife and hiding her body in woods is expected to take the stand in his own defense.

A judge asked if Mark Bucki, 50, would take the stand during his trial and his attorneys said he would testify Tuesday to tell his side of the story.

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

Police say he dumped her body in some Taylor County woods. Prosecutors say 48-year-old Anita Bucki 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.

The defense made a motion Monday to dismiss the case, but a judge ruled there was enough evidence to move forward.

On Friday, the prosecution in the Mark Bucki trial rested. Monday morning, the first defense witness took the stand.

About 40 prosecution witnesses testified over five days last week. It is unknown if Mark Bucki will testify in the case.

Newsline 9 will update this story as the case moves forward.

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