Lawman’s defense contends wife committed suicide

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) — Attorneys for a former Kansas police instructor accused of killing his wife are trying to bolster their suggestion that the death could have been a suicide.

A handwriting expert returned to the stand Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Brett Seacat for the April 2011 shooting of 34-year-old Vashti Seacat. The husband is also charged with aggravated arson and two counts of child endangerment for allegedly setting fire to the couple’s Kingman home while their two young sons were sleeping.

Handwriting expert Avis Odenbaugh testified that the person who wrote entries in Vashti Seacat’s journal also wrote a suicide note found in her car. That note promised the sons that she would be watching them from heaven.

A prosecution witness testified earlier that someone else wrote the note.

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