UPDATE: Trial Date Set for Merrill Homicide Case

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Tues 9:37 PM, Oct.22, 2013

A trial date is set for the Lincoln County man accused of murdering his wife.

Mark Bucki, 49, of rural Merrill is charged with murder, strangulation and suffication and hiding a corpse.

Online court records say a date for the trial was set today during a court hearing in Lincoln County and is scheduled to begin April, 7 2014.

Two weeks have been blocked off the calender for the proceedings.

Anita Bucki was reported missing in April. Her body was found a few weeks later about 20 miles from their home.

Investigators say she had 7 stab wounds to the chest and severe bruising around her throat.

Earlier this month, a defense motion to dismiss the case was denied.

UPDATE: Tues 5:33 PM, Oct. 1, 2013

A 49-year-old Merrill man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a Taylor County swamp wants his case dismissed. But, Tuesday in Lincoln Count Court Judge Jay Tlusty denied that request.

The judge says there is probable cause to continue the trial based on the preliminary examination.

Some things Judge Tlusty mentioned was that he was the last one to see Anita before she went missing and the lack of emotion he had when he reported her missing in April.

The judge also said the clothing she was found in didn't agree with the freezing temperatures at the time. She was found wearing a bathrobe, jeans, a shirt, underwear and socks. He also said the items she left behind create probable cause, citing her cellphone, coat, and purse containing $3,000.

Bucki is charged with 1st degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and strangulation and suffocation.

Lawyers will meet to discuss trial scheduling at the end of the month.

ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 12:01 PM, Sept 19, 2013

A 49-year-old Merrill man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a Taylor County swamp has pleaded not guilty.

Mark Bucki is charged with 1st degree intentional homicide, strangulation and suffocation, and hiding a corpse.

Prosecutors say he killed Anita Bucki, 48. Anita was reported missing on April 26. Mark reported that he went to bed and Anita remained up. Mark told investigators he woke up at around 5 a.m. and at that time she was gone.

Her body was found May 10 in a ditch on County Highway C about 10 miles northeast of Medford.

Investigators say they found blood on the living room carpet of the Buckis' house, on Mark's boots, jeans and a hat. They're still waiting on lab results to confirm it's human blood, as Mark was an avid hunter.

Cadaver dogs also hit on Mark's pickup truck and what appeared to be a shallow grave with nothing in it.

The dogs also hit on a shower in the home and burn barrel outside, according to the criminal complaint.

Mark told investigators that he cleaned some of Anita's belongings out of the basement, ripped carpet out of a bedroom and burned some of Anita's items the day she was reported missing.

During an interview with NewsChannel 7, Anita's family said Mark and she had been married for 23 years. However, she hadn't been staying with him in the two weeks prior to her disappearance.

Anita's cause of death has not yet been determined however the pathologist says she had seven stab wounds to the chest and bruising on her neck and throat.

During Friday's hearing, a motion filed by the defense to reduce Bucki's bond was denied.

Mark Bucki remains behind bars on $2 million cash bond.

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