Monday, May 6, 2013

Suspect wants to mention wife's problems at trial

I cam across this article in the Emporia Gazette, about a man accused of murder.  The man allegedly burned his house down with his wife inside, shortly after she had filed for divorce.  Regardless if he did this or not it is a sad situation for the children.  The crux of the story is that the defendant is now trying to introduce evidence at trial that his wife had been suicidal and had cheated on him several times.  I guess I need to know more about the case because if he is claiming that she shot herself then how did she start the fire after she was dead?

Here is the story.

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.

His attorneys argue the evidence would support their argument that he did not shoot Vashti Seacat, 34, to death at their home on April 30, 2011 in Kingman, The Hutchinson News reported (

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.

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