Loading

41°F

35°F

37°F

32°F

37°F

32°F

32°F

41°F

37°F
NEWS STORIES

Troubling evidence, signs of marital problems against accused murderer of wife in Lincoln CountySubmitted: 07/25/2013
Story By Lex Gray


MERRILL - Mark Bucki sat shackled in Lincoln County Court Thursday while prosecutors brought damning evidence against him.

He's the Merrill man accused of killing his wife, Anita Bucki, back in April.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Lieutenant Mark Gartmann told the court about his department's investigation.

Mark Bucki called police to say his wife went missing April 26.

"There was no concern in his voice. I noticed that it was a matter-of-fact type tone. He appeared to be confused about whether or not it was 24 hours before he had to report this, but there was no urgency in his voice," Gartmann said.

Things got even more suspicious when Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies got to the Buckis' home.

"The driveway had been freshly graded, and he did not notice any vehicle tracks or footprints leading up to the residence, which he thought was rather strange," Gartmann said.

Strange - and suspicious enough for Sergeant Chad Collinsworth to call for help.

"I received a phone call from Collinsworth indicating there were some very suspicious circumstances, and I believe his exact words were 'you need to get out here'," Gartmann said.

Gartmann testified about what else deputies found: Anita's car, keys, and jacket left behind.

Carpet ripped out in one of the bedroooms.

A shallow but empty gravesite near the home.

On May 10, a couple walking in the woods in Taylor County found a woman's body.

The woman had seven stab wounds to the chest, and severe bruising around her neck, as though she had been strangled.

Gartmann testified that Bucki didn't call to ask about his wife on May 10, 11, 12, or even 13.

In fact, it was Gartmann that contacted him.

Dental records proved the body was Anita.

Bloodhounds found her husband's scent where her body was found.

Gartmann said that relatives and friends told him that's where Mark Bucki often hunted.

Also in court, we learned why Mark might have wanted Anita dead.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office pieced together text messages, emails, and conversations with Bucki to try to answer that question.

Prosecutors point to the Buckis' marital problems as a motive.

Gartmann recounted a conversation where Bucki told a deputy his wife wanted to save the marriage - but he didn't.

"She was adamant about wanting to stay with Mark. She wanted very much to stay with him, and that Mark basically did not want to remain in the marriage, and at some point in time, Mark made the comment that he was okay with the fact that the two of them would go their separate ways, but she was aware of a girlfriend of his, and that she would contact that girlfriend and also the girlfriend's husband," he said.

During his testimony, Gartmann read letters Bucki wrote to his girlfriend from jail.

"It states, 'My to be happiest summer were turned to my worst because of Anita! The feelings I had left for her sure are gone since I been stuck in here'," Gartmann testified on the stand.

Bucki's defense attorneys argued against most of the evidence, because DNA and blood results aren't back from the crime lab yet.

But the judge decided there was enough evidence to go forward with the case.

His lawyers also requested his bond be reduced from $2 million to $100,000.

The judge denied that request.

Bucki's due back in court August 29.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
Former police officer who robbed bank gets 9 years in prisonSubmitted: 09/21/2014

MILWAUKEE - A former Mukwonago police officer convicted of robbing a bank while he was still on the force has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison.

44-year-old Alvin J. Brook robbed a bank in 2010 while brandishing his police-issued handgun, and made off with $54,000.

+ Read More
Early start to fall festivities Submitted: 09/21/2014

Play Video

TOWN OF MAINE - Fall won't officially start until Monday evening, but that doesn't mean fall activities haven't hit the Northwoods.

You could find people zipped up in fleece jackets trying to find their way out of a corn maze Sunday. This is the 15th year Willow Springs Garden held its corn maze in the Town of Maine.

They started this to raise money to restore the old town hall.

"We wanted to restore it. Not for sure what we were going to use it for at first, but then the community kind of indicated to us that they want to use it," said Willlow Springs Garden Owner Peggy Griffin. "We created it to host family events, wedding, reunions, anniversaries are going on there today."

+ Read More
Man accused of fondling cancer patient in hospitalSubmitted: 09/21/2014

LA CROSSE - A Whitehall man is accused of fondling a terminally ill cancer patient while she was sedated in her hospital bed.

The woman asked him to bring her some clothes and personal items, and he decided to stay the night.

+ Read More
Empowering young girls through PSASubmitted: 09/21/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Girl Scouts can be a great way to get young girls active in their community and grow into young women. Sunday, some girl scouts in Rhinelander made a PSA to show younger girls how empowering it can be to be a Girl Scout.

"This is why you should join Girl Scouts. You will gain courage, confidence and character,"

This is a message for young girls who want to better their community and themselves.

"You will make amazing friends and awesome memories,"

+ Read More
Rhinelander Area Food Pantry sets first distribution date at new locationSubmitted: 09/21/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry will start giving away food at their new location on October 4th.

The pantry will be moving to 627 Coon Street. That's the old Golden Harvest building.

+ Read More
Milwaukee fraternity president faces drug charges Submitted: 09/21/2014

MILWAUKEE - The president of a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fraternity faces charges while authorities investigate a party that left several people with memory lapses.

Tau Kappa Epsilon president Thomas Kreinbring was charged Friday with possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription, keeping a drug house and other charges.

+ Read More
Keeping local history alive in older, historic homesSubmitted: 09/21/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Older homes can turn into a hassle for owners not expecting some work.

Many people avoid buying a historic piece because of the upkeep. But others enjoy carrying the story of a home forward, and keeping it alive. Some homeowners got the chance to show off their historical homes at the Tour of Historic Homes on Saturday.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here