Opening statements begin in Seacat trial

KINGMAN, Kansas – Attorneys gave their opening statements Wednesday after a jury was selected in the murder trial of Brett Seacat.

The former Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy is accused of killing his wife, Vashti Seacat, and torching their Kingman home in April 2011. Brett is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated arson and child endangerment.

In opening statements by the prosecution, Amy Hanley with Kansas Attorney General’s Office, began by telling the jury that Vashti looked forward to life after her divorce from Brett.

Hanley told jurors that Brett Seacat told Vashti that if she would ever leave him he would kill her and make it look like a suicide.

Hanley also told jurors the day before her murder, Vashti was off grocery shopping, hanging with friends and looking forward to her future while Brett was allegedly forging a suicide note, destroying evidence, a hard drive and cell phone.

Vashti’s body was found a day later in the burned home along with a pistol.

Defense attorney’s say Vashti set her home on fire with her two boys inside.

She then shot herself because she was depressed over Brett’s threats to make public an affair with an executive at Cox Communications.

It was an affair that would end her career in human resources.

They say that suicide note is no forgery.

Jurors also heard from one witness. The first cop on the scene.

The cop told jurors that Brett Seacat had told him that Vashti had committed suicide.

He also says that Seacat had tried to move his wife’s deceased body from their burning bedroom, but he had no blood on his hands and didn’t receive burns in the fire.

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