MERRILL (WAOW) - Attorneys for a 50-year-old Merrill man convicted of killing his estranged wife and hiding her body in some Taylor County woods wants his sentencing postponed, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Mark Bucki is to be sentenced July 3. A Lincoln County jury found him guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and strangulation and suffocation following seven days of testimony in April.
Bucki was convicted of killing his 48-year-old wife, Anita Bucki, in April 2013. Prosecutors say she was stabbed and strangled.
According to online court records, at least one of Bucki's attorneys has asked to withdraw from the case, raising the issue of postponing the sentencing.
Dana Brueck, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice in Madison, which assigned an assistant attorney general to help prosecute Bucki, said a hearing is planned Wednesday on the defense motions.
It is up to the judge to decide whether to postpone the sentencing, Brueck said.
The mandatory punishment for the murder charge is life in prison with no chance for parole unless the judge orders it.
Mark Bucki testified during his trial and denied any role in his wife's death.
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.