Closing Arguments Complete In Seacat Trial

By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) - A defense attorney for a former Kansas lawman accused of killing his wife and setting their house on fire to hide evidence has reminded jurors that even the coroner couldn't rule the death a homicide.

Brett Seacat is charged with murder, arson and child endangerment in the April 2011 shooting death of 34-year-old Vashti Seacat.

The defense said in closing arguments Monday that there is reasonable doubt when even an experienced coroner can't decide after reviewing police reports and other evidence. He recounted her history of depression dating back to high school.

Prosecutors said earlier in their closing arguments that Vashti Seacat wouldn't have endangered the couple's two young sons.

Seacat is a former Sedgwick County deputy who was an instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center at the time.

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