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Mark Bucki murder trial: Prosecution continues on day 4

Mark Bucki
Mark Bucki

MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) --

The trial continues for the Merrill man accused of killing his wife about a year ago. 50-year-old Mark Bucki is accused of killing his estranged wife, 48-year-old Anita, and leaving her in a Taylor County swamp.

More of the approximately 70 witnesses will take the stand Thursday for the fourth day of proceedings, and third day of testimony.

During Wednesday’s testimony, witnesses included cadaver dog handlers who told the court one dog picked up a positive indication in the back of Mark’s truck, while the other dog did not.

Dr. Michael Stier also testified that Anita had seven stab wounds from a single edge knife, that he believed was used on the victim while she was alive but unconscious. He also could not verify if the cuts on the victim’s hands were from defending herself.

Mark Bucki showed some emotion for the first time when an email from Anita was read, describing how she wanted to work out the problems in their marriage.

District Attorney Don Dunphy expects to wrap up the prosecution sometime Friday. Then, it’s the defense’s turn to call witnesses. The entire trial is expected to last nine days.

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