Jury faces tough decision in former lawman’s trial

Brett T. Seacat

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KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) — Jurors have a tough decision to make when they begin deliberations in the case of a former Kansas lawman accused of shooting his wife and setting their house on fire while the couple’s young children slept down the hall.

Prosecutors have portrayed Brett Seacat as a killer who used his law enforcement training to forge a suicide note before shooting his wife, Vashti Seacat, in their home during the early morning hours of April 30, 2011. But defense attorneys have presented evidence of suicide that may raise enough reasonable doubt for an acquittal.

Closing arguments are Monday.

The 37-year-old Kingman man faces life imprisonment with no possibility of parole for 50 years if convicted of first-degree murder. He is also charged with aggravated arson and two counts of child endangerment.

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