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Competing testimony in opening day of Mark Bucki murder trial

MERRILL, WI (WTAQ) - A Merrill man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body told a 911 dispatcher that she went missing on her own, because their marriage was falling apart.  

However, one of Anita Bucki's friends said she was determined to reconcile -- and she was planning to move back into her husband Mark's house despite knowing that he had a new lover.

Jurors heard those competing claims Tuesday, in the opening day of testimony at Mark Bucki's trial. The 50-year-old man is accused of stabbing and strangling Anita last April, and then dumping her body in a swamp in Taylor County where it was found two weeks after the slaying.

Also testifying was the purported lover, Angela Matheson. She denied being Bucki's girlfriend.

The trial is scheduled to run through next Thursday in Lincoln County.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)