MERRILL (AP) - A Wisconsin man took out a $150,000 life insurance policy on his wife before she disappeared and was having an extramarital affair, said prosecutors who have charged him in her death.
Mark Bucki, 49, faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and strangulation and suffocation in the death of his 48-year-old wife, Anita Bucki. He appeared in court Tuesday and bond was set at $2 million.
The Wausau Daily Herald reported on Wednesday that police discovered a $150,000 insurance policy Bucki had on his wife life less than three weeks after he reported her missing on April 26. Her remains were found Friday near Medford, about 20 miles from the couple's home.
Lincoln County District Attorney Don Dunphy told the newspaper that Bucki said his wife had asked him to split the proceeds of a $150,000 life insurance policy with their son if anything happened to her. Dunphy said Bucki also admitted he was having an affair.
Police found blood stains on the living room floor in the couple's home and blood on Bucki's boots, pants and hat, according to court records. Prosecutors said there also appeared to be a shallow grave in the backyard.
Preliminary autopsy results showed Anita Bucki had seven stab wounds to the chest and severe bruising around her throat. No official cause of death has been released.
It remains unclear whether the blood found in Bucki's home was from his wife.
Bucki initially told police that he and his wife went to bed separately after arguing and she was gone when he woke.
Her brother, Cliff Brown, of Rapid City, S.D., said he knows little detail about the case but feels sorry for the couple's son, Clint Bucki, who lives in Minnesota.
"I'm just felling so sorry for Clint," Brown said. "He's lost his mom. Now he's lost his dad, too. It's a heck of a thing to have to go through."
Anita Bucki's death is the third homicide in seven years in Lincoln County, but the second in central Wisconsin in less than a month.
Kou Thao, 26, of Wausau, is being held on $1 million bond after being charged April 22 in Marathon County with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Tong Hang, 58, of St. Paul, Minn.
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