NEW INFORMATION: Lincoln Co. man guilty of killing wife

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MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- A Lincoln County man has been found guilty of killing his wife and disposing of her body in a swamp.

Jurors deliberated Tuesday and Wednesday before finding Mark Bucki 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 wife, Anita. The couple's adult son, Clint, testified that his father was innocent.

The state told jurors 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.

WSAW-TV reports a sentencing date has not been set.
MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) -- The jury has reached a verdict in the Mark Bucki Murder Case. It's expected in about 45 minutes.
MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- Jurors have resumed deliberating whether a Lincoln County man killed his wife and dumped her body in a swamp last year.

The jury was sequestered at a hotel in Merrill overnight after beginning its discussions Tuesday. The clerk of courts office says jurors returned to the courthouse for deliberations at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Fifty-year-old Mark Bucki is accused of strangling and stabbing his estranged wife, Anita, before disposing of her body in Taylor County last April. Bucki reported his wife missing on April 26 and told police they had mutually agreed to a divorce in the hours before she disappeared.

The defense says there's no physical evidence tying his client to the crime.