MERRILL, Wis. (AP) - A Lincoln County man was convicted Wednesday of killing his wife and disposing of her body in a swamp.
Jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days before finding Mark Buck, 50, guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, strangulation-suffocation and hiding a body.
The defense tried to convince jurors that there was no physical evidence linking Bucki to the murder of his 48-year-old wife, Anita. The couple’s adult son, Clint, testified that his father was innocent.
The prosecution told jurors Mark Bucki impeded the investigation by not helping search for his wife after she disappeared last April. Prosecutors pointed to circumstantial evidence including Bucki’s finances, his wife’s insurance policy and a lack of defensive wounds on her body, alleging she knew her killer.
Some people cried and others embraced after the verdict was read, Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/1kA7wME ) reported.
Cliff Brown of Rapid City, S.D., the brother of Anita Bucki, said both families have been devastated by the death of his sister and by the trial.
“It’s hard on everybody,” Brown said. “There aren’t any winners, no matter what the verdict is, in a case like this. Everyone is hurting.”
Mark Bucki faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison but could be given extended supervision if a judge allows. A life sentence means Bucki will be under the supervision of the Wisconsin Prison System for the rest of his life, but he might not always be behind bars.
Under Wisconsin law, Bucki could become eligible for supervised release after serving 20 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com