Man accused of killing wife takes witness stand

CREATED Apr 15, 2014

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MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- The Lincoln County man on trial for killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp denies having anything to do with her disappearance or death.
   
Fifty-year-old Mark Bucki took the stand in his own defense Tuesday. Daily Herald Media reports Bucki testified he and Anita Bucki mutually agreed to a divorce in the hours before she disappeared. Bucki reported his wife missing April 26th. Her body was found May 10 in a swamp about 18 miles from the couple's house. She had been stabbed in the chest.
   
Bucki is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, strangulation or suffocation and concealing a corpse.
   
The jury will be sequestered at a Merrill hotel once deliberations begin, and that could happen later Tuesday.