Testimony continues in trial of Brett Seacat

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KINGMAN, Kansas — Testimony continued Thursday in the murder trial of Brett Seacat.

Seacat is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated arson and child endangerment.

He is accused in the April 2011 shooting death of his wife Vashti Seacat, who had filed for divorce 16 days earlier.

In testimony Thursday, the defense tried to apply that police in Kingman were out to get Brett before any evidence was collected.

Defense attorneys point out that police did not believe his story, and they believe he was guilty before any search warrant was even obtained to look at the evidence in the home.

A defense attorney asked Kingman officer Travis Sowers Monday, “Do you recall a statement being made that he smoked her and set the house on fire?”

“No, not that I recall specifically,” said Sowers.

Kingman’s fire chief also took the stand. He was the first to go inside the home.

He also discovered Vashti’s body in bed and said that he was very careful not to disturb any evidence inside the home.

“I was very lucky in this incident that we just dealt with another fire three months prior. The biggest thing that was taught to me at that time was don’t touch, don’t destroy, don’t open, don’t close anything that has not been,” said Chief Steve Drosselmeyer, Kingman Fire Department.

An investigator with the ATF testified in great detail about the fire investigation and how the fire was likely set.

He said it was started in several spots.

Defense attorney’s for Brett claim Vashti set the fire herself before committing shooting herself.




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