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Jury continues deliberations in Mark Bucki murder trial

MERRILL, WI (WTAQ) - A jury in Merrill is about to begin a second day of deliberations in the trial of Mark Bucki, who's accused of killing his estranged wife and dumping her in a swamp.

Jurors met for five hours late Tuesday, and failed to reach a verdict.

Authorities said the 50-year-old Bucki stabbed and strangled his 48-year-old wife Anita last April, then dumped her body in a swamp 20 miles to the west. Her remains were found there last May.

In his closing argument, Lincoln County prosecutor Richard DuFour said Bucki brutally murdered his wife because of, "an intense desire to end his marriage." Reports indicated that he was seeing another woman.

Defense attorney James Lex argued there was no physical evidence that linked Bucki to the slaying.

Earlier Tuesday, the defendant testified that he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance and death. He said they mutually agreed to a divorce in the hours before she vanished.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)