Tuesday, June 11, 2013
As the trial against former Kansas sheriff's deputy Brett Seacat concludes, Vashti Forrest-Seacat's family says it is a relief.
"It was so long awaited and it has been so painful for me," explained Kathleen Forrest. "These two years have never stopped."
A jury found Seacat guilty on all counts Tuesday, including first degree murder. Vashti's sister, Kathleen Forrest, says she is giving up her multi-million dollar real estate business to counsel battered women.
Forrest is a courageous woman. The frustration in her eyes as she had to testify on behalf of her murdered sister.
"I knew no matter what I said was going to be twisted," Forrest said. "I knew so much about the case. We were best friends. We talked every day. We had trips to Cancun, Hawaii, concerts."
Forrest says much of what she knew, she was not allowed to bring up. Her state of mind, her hopes, their plans for the future.
"It makes you very angry when you're poised and you're trying to show grace and obey the law and obey the rules, even though every part of you is screaming you want to do the opposite," Forrest said.
As several family friends testified, they believed Brett Seacat was narcissistic and power hungry. Now they're thankful he is powerless and faces the rest of his life in prison.
"I believe there was a grandiose factor and I think he felt he could out-think everyone," Forrest said. "He made the statement about firefighters (being idiots) in front of me before."
In the end, Vashti's brother, Rich, also finds a way to be thankful.
"Everybody's hard work, helping us through this, has persevered and it has brought justice for my sister, Vashti."