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Jury convicts Mark Bucki of killing his wife

Prosecutor Richard Dufour presents closing arguments to jury in Mark Bucki trial 4/15/14.
Prosecutor Richard Dufour presents closing arguments to jury in Mark Bucki trial 4/15/14.

MERRILL, WI (WTAQ) - A Merrill man could spend the rest of his life in prison, after he was convicted of killing his estranged wife and dumping her body in a swamp.

Lincoln County jurors deliberated for 10 hours the past two days before finding 50-year-old Mark Bucki guilty of all three charges against him.

The jury didn't buy his claim that he had nothing to do with the stabbing and strangling of his 48-year-old estranged wife Anita last April. The defense said there was no physical evidence -- but prosecutors said there was plenty of circumstantial evidence that pointed to Bucki's finances and his wife's $150,000 life insurance policy.  

Prosecutors also said there were no defensive wounds on her body, apparently showing that she knew her killer.

A sentencing date has not been set. Bucki faces a life prison term, but the judge can order a date to consider a release with extended supervision after he serves at least 20 years.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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