Trial Delayed For Kan. Man Accused Of Killing Wife

By: AP Posted by Josh Mabry
By: AP Posted by Josh Mabry

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) _ The trial of a former Kansas law enforcement instructor accused of killing his wife has been delayed until December.

Brett Seacat, a former Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Vashti, at their Kingman home in 2011. Seacat is also charged with aggravated arson and two counts of endangering a child.

Prosecutors allege Seacat shot his wife and set the house on fire. Brett Seacat and the couple's two young sons escaped.

Seacat pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorneys say Vashti Seacat set the fire and took her own life.

The Wichita Eagle reports ( ) that a judge Tuesday granted a defense request to delay the trial until Dec. 3. The trial had been scheduled to begin Aug. 20.

Information from: The Wichita Eagle,

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