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UPDATE: Mark Bucki found guilty in death of wife

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LINCOLN COUNTY (WAOW) – The Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife and hiding her body has been found guilty on all three counts.

A jury deliberated about nine hours before finding Mark Bucki, 50, guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and strangulation and suffocation of his 48-year-old wife, Anita Bucki, about a year ago.

Bucki, his right hand resting on the side of his head, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read in a packed, hushed courtroom just after noon Wednesday.   

No sentencing date was immediately set, but the mandatory punishment for the murder charge is life in prison with no chance for parole unless the judge orders it.
 
After the verdict, Bucki's 22-year-old son, Clint, said he disagreed with the verdict and said his father was innocent. He declined further comment.

A six-man, six-woman jury heard seven days of testimony, including from Mark Bucki, of Merrill, who said he had nothing to do with his wife's death.

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

“No,” Bucki said.

“Did you strangle Anita?”

“No,” Bucki said.

“Did you stab Anita?”

“No,” Bucki said.

In closing arguments Tuesday, 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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