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Mark Bucki to be sentenced July 3

MERRILL (WAOW) - A 50-year-old Merrill man convicted of killing his estranged wife and hiding her body in some Taylor County woods will be sentenced July 3.

A Lincoln County jury found Mark Bucki guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and strangulation and suffocation of his 48-year-old wife, Anita Bucki, in April 2013. The verdicts were handed down last week following seven days of testimony.

The mandatory punishment for the murder charge is life in prison with no chance for parole unless the judge orders it.

Anita Bucki was stabbed and strangled.

Mark Bucki testified and denied any role in her death, saying she had come to their Merrill home to try to reconcile the marriage and he reported her missing the next day.

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 pointed to Bucki as the killer.

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