Judge: Suspect's Statements Allowed At Trial

By: AP posted by Carissa Fox
By: AP posted by Carissa Fox

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) _ A judge says statements that a former Kansas police officer made after his wife was killed will be allowed as evidence at his trial.

Brett Seacat is charged with first-degree murder in the April 2011 shooting death of 34-year-old Vashti Seacat. He's also charged with arson for a fire at the couple's home in Kingman that day.

His attorneys say Vashti Seacat set the fire and took her own life.

Kingman County Judge Larry Solomon ruled Wednesday that statements Seacat made are admissible during his trial, which is scheduled to begin Dec. 3.

Seacat was an instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center when his wife died. He also had worked as a Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy.

Seacat is being held in Kingman County Jail on $1 million bond.

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