Jurors hear testimony that Vashti Seacat was scared for her life

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KINGMAN, Kansas — On Monday jurors in the trial of Brett Seacat heard testimony that suggests the victim, Vashti, was scared for her life as she filed for divorce.

Jurors heard from a KBI handwriting expert, who says the suicide note was a fake, and a marriage counselor, who says Vashti was worried for her safety as she filed for divorce.

Day eight started with defense attorneys grilling a KBI handwriting expert. He says the suicide note found in Vashti Seacat’s journal was a forgery and was slowly traced or faked by looking at other entries in her journal.

Suicide Note

The defense has their own expert that claims Vashti wrote the note. They say stress and depression can affect handwriting.

The state believes Seacat forged it using a overhead projector pulled out of storage at the Law Enforcement Training Center.

“The question I was asked is, ‘Could this be used for tracing?’ I said, ‘Does it work?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Yes, it can, just like the window can. There is dozens of ways to trace signatures,'” said Dennis McPhail, KBI.

Jurors also heard from the couple’s marriage counselor, Connie Suderman.

Connie Suderman, Brett and Vashti Seacat's  marriage counselor, testifies in the murder trial of Brett Seacat.
Connie Suderman, Brett and Vashti Seacat’s marriage counselor, testifies in the murder trial of Brett Seacat.

Suderman says Vashti was concerned over threats of violence from Brett but was still the happiest she has been in years looking forward to the divorce.

Suderman recalled a conversation about suicide with Vashti and remembered Vashti told her suicide is something she could never do.

“She couldn’t do that to her boys. She elaborated by saying that she loved being a mom. She couldn’t leave them. They needed her,” said Suderman.

The marriage counselor also told jurors how Vashti was deeply disturbed when Brett woke her up after a dream Brett had.

It was a dream where Brett murdered her.


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