Jurors hear chilling testimony from witness in Seacat murder trial

Joy Trotnic testifies in Brett Seacat trial

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WICHITA, Kansas – Jurors heard some of the most important testimony in day seven of the Brett Seacat trial.  Seacat is accused of killing his estranged wife, Vashti, in April of 2011.

It came from a friend of Vashti Seacat, a co-worker at Cox Communications.

Joy Trotnic would babysit Vashti’s two young boys.

She says Vashti was in good spirits the week before her death as divorce papers were served on Brett.

Trotnic says earlier in the month, Vashti stunned her with a question. It was about Brett killing her and burning down her Kingman home.

“She said, ‘Do you think Brett would burn the house down with me in it?’ I looked at her and I said, ‘What?’ She said, ‘Do you think Brett would burn the house down with me in it?’ I was taken aback by that. Not with the kids at home,” said Trotnic.

A pair of KBI agents also took the stand testifying about what was found on Seacat’s police uniform pants.

They were pants he was wearing the morning Vashti died.

In spite of his story that he lifted up Vashti’s bloodied body from her bed, no blood was found on the pants.

A prosecutor asked KBI investigator Chris Riddle if he detected ignitable liquid on the pants.

“I identified gasoline in the sample,” he said.

Another key piece of evidence was also introduced.

It was the alleged suicide note found in Vashti’s journal telling Brett to take care of her sons and that she will be looking down on them from heaven.

While several friends claim Vashti was looking forward to the divorce, Brett claims his wife was suicidal.

Police say the note is a forgery.

Handwriting experts are expected to testify about the note next week in court.

 

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