As jury summonses go out to hundreds in Kingman for a former sheriff deputy's murder trial, the ruined property where his wife was killed will finally be sold.
Brett Seacat's attorneys won an emergency stay in order to keep the house from being torn down earlier this year. Vashti Forrest-Seacat's brother, meanwhile, says Brett shouldn't be able to benefit from the sale.
For the last 17 months, Brett Seacat's burned out home has been the subject of complaints from neighbors. His attorneys didn't want it torn down, saying there was potential evidence that might help their case.
"It just seems like every time we try to close a chapter in the book, another one opens," said Rich Forrest, Vashti Forrest-Seacat's brother.
The Seacat residence, which has been sitting in ruins since the night Vashti was killed, will soon go up on the auction block. With Seacat in jail for his wife's murder, he hasn't been making mortgage payments. But Rich Forrest, Vashti's brother, disputes that Brett Seacat was even on the deed to the house and that, late last year, a judge ruled that Brett Seacat was common-law married to another woman before he was married to Vashti.
"Which brings up the question to our family, was he ever in fact married to my sister?" Seacat said. "And if he was not, does he have any entitlement to any insurance money that exists? Does he have any claim to anything?"
Forrest believes there was a separate insurance policy on the contents of the Seacat home.
"Somebody's entitled to half of that content insurance because I think we're going to come down to either she lit the fire or he lit the fire and the other party will receive 50% of the content insurance," Seacat said.
But if they were never married, then the Forrest's believe Vashti's children should get 100% of the insurance money.
"They're so young," Forrest said. "That's a lot of years of no parents saving money, no parents putting money away. We're trying to pick up that, but we have our own kids, as well."
Seacat's attorney's declines comment, citing a gag order in the murder case. The trial is currently scheduled for Dec. 3.