Jury selection begins in Seacat trial

KINGMAN, Kansas (AP) – Jury selection has begun in the trial of a former sheriff’s deputy accused of killing his wife and torching their house.

More than 15 percent of Kingman’s population is expected to be called for the jury pool for Brett Seacat’s trial, which began Monday in Kingman. The 37-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated arson and child endangerment.

He is accused in the April 2011 shooting death of Vashti Seacat, who had filed for divorce 16 days earlier. Her body was found in the burned home along with a pistol. The defense contends she set the fire and committed suicide.

Seacat was an instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center at the time.  He is also is a former Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy.

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