Closing arguments begin in ex-Kan. lawman’s trial

Brett T. Seacat

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KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) — Attorneys are presenting closing arguments in the trial of a former Kansas lawman accused of killing his wife and setting their house on fire to hide evidence.

Brett Seacat is charged with murder, arson and child endangerment in the April 2011 shooting death of 34-year-old Vashti Seacat.

The defense contends Vashti Seacat set the fire before committing suicide by shooting herself in the head.

Prosecutors said Monday that Vashti Seacat wouldn’t have endangered the couple’s two young sons. They say an autopsy indicated the woman already was dead when the fire was set and the bullet’s trajectory showed she was shot from above, likely while sleeping.

Seacat is a former Sedgwick County deputy who was an instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center when his wife’s body was found.

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