Defense: No evidence husband killed his wife

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MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- A prosecutor says a Lincoln County woman desperately tried to save her deteriorating marriage in the days and hours leading up to her death.

Anita Bucki's husband, Mark Bucki, is on trial for strangling and stabbing her and dumping her body in a Taylor County swamp.

Lincoln County District Attorney Donald Dunphy told jurors Monday that Bucki killed his wife because he had a new girlfriend and wanted the victim out of his life.

Defense attorney Jessica Schuster told jurors there's no evidence that Bucki killed his wife -- no blood, no murder weapon. Daily Herald Media reports Schuster says the couple's marriage had been falling apart for years and that Anita Bucki was "fully aware" her husband was involved with another woman.

Anita Bucki's body was found May 9 after her husband reported her missing.