Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Summonses are going out this week to 12 percent of Kingman County's 4,900 registered voters to find enough jurors for a former police instructor's December trial.
The Hutchinson News reports 600 prospective jurors are being directed to report Oct. 16 to the Kingman County Activity Center to fill out questionnaires and return them to court staff.
Anyone with connections to 36-year-old Brett Seacat, and those who already have formed an opinion, will be disqualified as jurors in the Kingman man's first-degree murder trial.
The former instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center is accused of fatally shooting his wife, 34-year-old Vashti Seacat, and burning the couple's house down. Last month, a judge closed a pretrial hearing to the public because he didn't want to taint the jury pool.