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Bucki trial day 7: Jury wraps up deliberations

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LINCOLN COUNTY (WAOW) -- A jury has wrapped up deliberations for the night in the trial of a Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife and hiding her body in the woods.

Mark Bucki, 50, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and strangulation and suffocation in his wife, Anita Bucki's, death about a year ago. A six-man, six-woman jury is deciding the case following seven days of testimony. The jury went behind closed doors about 3:45 p.m. and wrapped up deliberations late in the evening.

The jury was scheduled to continue deliberating Wednesday morning.

In court Tuesday, Bucki took the stand and told jurors he had nothing to do with the killing.

“Did you cause any physical harm to Anita?” his attorney asked.

“No,” Bucki said.

“Did you strangle Anita?”

“No,” Bucki said.

“Did you stab Anita?”

“No,” Bucki said.

In closing arguments, prosecutors portrayed Bucki as a liar who wanted his wife out of his life because he met a new woman, he had financial problems and a divorce would have been costly. Prosecutors said a trail of 40 different pieces of circumstantial evidence clearly points to Bucki as the killer.

Bucki's attorney, James Lex, told the jury that there was no physical evidence, such as blood, that proves Bucki killed his wife.

Bucki testified for more than two hours. He told jurors his marriage was crumbling and he first talked to her about divorce in spring 2012. Later that year, he removed his wedding ring.

Bucki told jurors that his relationship with Anita was more like they were roommates than husband and wife, including that they slept in separate beds beginning in 2013.

Bucki said he was up front with Anita about a relationship he had with a woman named Angie. Bucki said when he met Angie, he found out her relationship with her husband was not going well.

On the stand, Mark Bucki said he told Anita that he wanted a new relationship with Angie.

On the night Anita was last seen, Mark Bucki testified that she came home and he raised his voice, but that the two did not get into an argument. He said they hugged and he went to bed, thinking everything was fine. Bucki says when he woke up the next morning, Anita was gone.

He says at first, he thought Antia had wandered off and he later reported her missing.

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.

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