Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Kingman County Judge Larry Solomon has granted Brett Seacat's request for a court appointed attorney, but also says he will be required to pay for it.
Seacat, 35, is charged with first degree murder for the death of his wife Vashti on April 30. He is also charged with aggravated arson and aggravated child endangerment.
In Seacat's affidavit that he filed to request a court appointed attorney, he listed his employment with the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, but that his income was zero. However, Solomon noted that Seacat is currently on paid administrative leave from the KLETC and makes an annual salary of $54,800.
Seacat also listed his monthly food and clothing costs at $600, but Solomon wrote in his order that because he is incarcerated at the Kingman County Jail, he will not have to pay for food and clothing.
Judge Solomon appointed Wichita attorney Roger Falk to represent Seacat, but that he must also pay $1,000 per month for his defense counsel.
Two weeks before the fire, Vashti Seacat filed divorce papers against her husband. Friends and family have told KAKE News that she attempted to serve him the papers herself, but that he repeatedly refused them. He was formally served by law enforcement officers just two days before the fire. Vashti reportedly continued to allow Brett to stay in the family home until he could arrange to find a new place to live.
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for May 26, but Judge Solomon admitted that due to the complexity of the case, the hearing will likely be delayed.