Police Instructor Formally Charged With Killing Wife

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

Monday, May 16, 2011
Update

A Kansas police instructor became somewhat emotional as charges were read against him Monday. Brett Seacat appeared in an orange jail jumpsuit with his hands and ankles shackled.

Seacat is charged with first degree murder for setting the fire that killed his wife Vashti on April 30. He appeared to have tears in his eyes when other charges of endangering his two young children were read in court by Judge Larry Solomon.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 26, in which prosecutors would show initial evidence to a judge in order to convince him to proceed with trial. Seacat's bond is set at $1,000,000.

Monday, May 16, 2011
Update

A Kansas police instructor and former Sedgwick county sheriff's deputy charged in connection to his wife's death, set to appear in court Monday afternoon.

The Kansas Attorney General filed criminal charges against Brett Seacat, 35, Friday. He was arrested on one count of first degree murder, one count of aggravated arson and two counts of child endangerment.

Vashti Forrest-Seacat, 34, was found dead after a fire destroyed her Kingman home April 30.

Seacat is scheduled to appear in Kingman District Court at 1:30 p.m.

KAKE news does have a crew in Kingman, expect updates on later KAKE newscasts and kake.com.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Kansas Attorney General has filed criminal charges against Brett Seacat, the husband of a woman killed in a massive house fire in Kingman on April 30.

Seacat has widely been rumored to be a suspect in the case, but all authorities have been highly secretive about the investigation since Vashti Seacat was found dead inside the family home in Kingman.

At first saying it was a criminal investigation, Kingman Police recanted and told media outlets the investigation was simply "routine." They will not comment on autopsy results that were completed last week and turned over to the law enforcement agencies.

Kingman County Attorney Matthew Ricke then requested the help of the Kansas Attorney General, who confirmed that Brett Seacat, 35, was arrested at 5:00 PM Friday. He is currently being held in the Kingman County Jail on charges of first degree murder, aggravated arson, and two counts of aggravated child endangerment.

The Seacat children are currently in police protective custody. The Attorney General's Office will be prosecuting the case with Kingman County Attorney Mathew Ricke.

Seacat had been employed as a police instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson after about 10 years with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department. His current employment with the KLETC is not known.

Vashti Seacat, 34, had filed for divorce from Brett Seacat two weeks before the fire broke out. In those papers, Brett Seacat was ordered out of the house, but family members told KAKE News that Vashti was allowing Brett to sleep on the couch until he was able to find new living arrangements.


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