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A former Kansas police instructor charged with killing his wife wants to introduce evidence at his trial about her personal problems, which he claims will support his claims that she committed suicide.
Attorneys for Brett T. Seacat asked during a hearing Wednesday to be allowed to introduce evidence about Vashti Seacat's alleged suicide attempts, depression and multiple affairs.
Prosecutors argued that Seacat is making "wild accusations," against his wife that are not supported by evidence other than his own statements.
Investigators found her body after a fire damaged the home where the couple lived with their two sons, ages 2 and 4. Seacat, a former instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Reno County, escaped with the boys. Seacat is scheduled to go on trial May 20 on charges of intentional first-degree murder, aggravated arson and two counts of endangering a child.
Chief Judge Larry Solomon ruled Wednesday that the defense could not discuss three of five alleged suicide attempts and that Seacat would be required to testify and face cross examination about the other alleged attempts.
Vashti Seacat filed for divorce 16 days before she died. Her husband also wants to introduce evidence that the couple argued the night before her death about her alleged affairs. Seacat faces life in prison without the possibility of parole for 50 years if he is convicted. He is being held in Kingman County Jail on $1 million bond.