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$2M bond set for man charged in wife's death

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MERRILL, WI (WTAQ) - A $2 million bond was set Tuesday for a Merrill area man charged in the death of his wife.

49-year-old Mark Bucki is charged in Lincoln County with homicide, hiding a corpse, and strangulation and suffocation.

Authorities said he and his 48-year-old wife Anita Bucki were discussing a divorce just before she went missing on April 25th. Her remains were found last Friday in a wooded area near Medford, and Mark Bucki was arrested on Monday.

He waived the state’s time limits for a preliminary hearing, and the status of his case will be reviewed a week from Thursday.

District Attorney Donald Dunphy said blood evidence was taken from the defendant’s home, truck, and other property. Officials are still waiting for lab results to determine whether it was human blood, since Mark Bucki is an avid hunter.

A pathologist observed bruises on Anita’s throat that were reportedly consistent with strangulation. She also had 7 knife wounds.

A friend said the couple was separated for a month. Mark Bucki admitted to investigators that he had a new girlfriend.