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Jury selection underway in Mark Bucki murder trial

MERILL, WI (WTAQ) - A jury was being selected Monday for the trial of a Merrill man accused of killing his wife and dumping her remains in a swamp.

A nine-day trial is underway for 50-year-old Mark Bucki on charges of homicide, hiding a corpse, and strangulation and suffocation.

Authorities said Bucki killed his 48-year-old wife Anita last April, when they talked about getting a divorce. Officials said he was planning to have a female lover move into their house.

Anita Bucki's remains were found last May in a wooded area in Taylor County, about 20 miles west of the couple's home. An autopsy showed that Anita was stabbed seven times, and had severe bruises around her throat.

90 potential jurors were being questioned Monday in Lincoln County Circuit Court. Fifteen people will hear the testimony, including three alternate jurors -- and they'll be sequestered at a hotel so they don't hear or read media reports about the trial.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)