— Jurors began deliberating Tuesday in the murder trial
of a Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife and
dumping her body in a swamp last year.
allege that Mark Bucki, 50, strangled and then stabbed his
estranged wife to death before dumping her body in Taylor
County. Anita Bucki's body was discovered last May 10.
deliberated for nearly five hours Tuesday before breaking
for the night. Deliberations are scheduled to resume
attorney James Lex told jurors there is no physical
evidence tying his client to the crime, Daily Herald Media
prosecution wants you to believe (Mark Bucki) stabbed his
wife seven times in a bedroom but left no blood
there," Lex said. "Don't you think there would
be some physical evidence tying him to the crime? There
his closing statement, prosecutor Richard DuFour argued
that Mark Bucki's "intense desire to end his
marriage" led to the "brutal and senseless
murder of Anita Bucki."
said that to acquit Bucki, jurors would have to believe
that Anita Bucki left her home after midnight, wandered
around in the woods alone in 32 degree weather wearing
nothing but jeans, a blouse and a bathrobe, and was
attacked by a stranger on the road who strangled her
without a fight, stabbed her seven times and dumped her
body in a swamp.
likely is that?" DuFour asked jurors. "Not
likely at all."
Tuesday, Bucki took the stand in his own defense, saying
he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance or
death. He said he and his wife mutually agreed to a
divorce in the hours before she disappeared.
went to bed and thought everything was good, that
everything was calm," Bucki testified.
reported his wife missing on April 26 and told police he
last saw her just before midnight, when the two went to
bed in separate rooms. Bucki told police he had no idea
what happened to his wife after he went to bed and that
she often went for long walks alone.
Bucki's body was found in a swamp about 18 miles from the
couple's house. She had been stabbed in the chest.
charged with first-degree intentional homicide,
strangulation or suffocation, and concealing a corpse.