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By Kim Hynes and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | May 5, 2011
Dozens gathered in Kingman Thursday night to mourn the loss of a woman they knew and loved.  "It's been hard, it's been really tough.  All I can say is she's a good person," said Gayle Oller about Vashti Seacat. Thirty-four year-old Seacat died early Saturday morning after her home caught fire.  Her husband and two young sons made it out safely.  The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the fire and how Seacat died.  "It's sad when somebody is young, as full of life as she was and we lose them this early and in such a manner.
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By Ryan Johnson and Dave Roberts and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | April 30, 2011
One person is dead and three others escape after a house fire in Kingman early Saturday morning. It happened in the 200 block of East B. Avenue at just before 4am this morning. Both the Kingman Fire department and Kingman Police department responded to the house fire call. Officials say a preliminary investigation shows that 34 year-old Vashti S. Seacat of Kingman died. The Kingman Police Department is being assisted in the investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas State Fire Marshal Office.
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by Kim Hynes and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 2, 2011
The Attorney General's Office filed response Thursday, June 02, 2011, to defendant's motion to reduce bond.  The Attorney General's Office requested the Court seal the response. ------------ Brett Seacat was back in Kingman County Court Thursday morning.  He appeared for the first time with his attorney Roger Falk. His attorney filed two different motions.  The first was to make sure the Kansas Bureau of Investigation didn't destory field notes investigators took during the investigation.  He says that information is necessary instead of just relying on the KBI's reports.  Falk also filed a motion to have Seacat's bond reduced.  He says something like $50,000 or $100,000 would be more reasonable.
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by Brian Heap and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | May 13, 2013
A week before the start of Brett Seacat's murder trial, Kingman County is bracing for the unusually high expense of such a big case. Kingman County Commissioners said it's probably been at least 10 years since officials tried a case of this magnitude. District Judge Larry Solomon recently informed commissioners about the mounting costs of the case. Last month, the county spent $9,400 just for jury questionnaires for nearly 400 people. Commission Chairperson John Steffen said the total expense of the case is still unknown and it's a difficult thing for which to budget.
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By Anne Meyer and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 11, 2012
A Kingman County judge will allow statements Brett Seacat made during interviews before he was arrested to be used in court during his trial. A judge made the ruling Wednesday afternoon after hearing arguments from both sides. "I did ask him specifically if he had killed his wife, and he said no," said Kansas Bureau of Investigations Special Agent David Falletti. That was one of the comments that came under question Wednesday in Kingman County District Court. Brett Seacat said it to Falletti right after his arrest in May 2011.
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KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | April 24, 2013
The attorneys for a former law enforcement officer charged with killing his wife are arguing last-minute motions before his murder trial next month. Brett Seacat is charged with first-degree murder in connection to Vashti Seacat's April 2011 death. Her body was found badly burned inside their Kingman home. An autopsy also found she suffered from a gunshot wound. A Kingman County judge granted defense motions Wednesday on limited testimony about the victim's past. The judge is also considering a defense motion on whether to allow autopsy photos that could be disturbing.
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by Anne Meyer and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | February 5, 2013
A Kingman County man accused of killing his wife was back in court today. Brett Seacat is accused of killing his wife, Vashti Seacat, and setting their house on fire. Attorneys wanted to discuss how to handle jury selection and whether each potential juror should be questioned individually about pretrial publicity. The Defense is worried that many potential jurors will already have knowledge about this case because of media reports. That's why Seacat's attorneys want to ask potential jurors individual questions about that exposure.
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by Brian Heap and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | January 6, 2012
Brett Seacat pleaded not guilty to charges of killing his wife and setting fire to their Kingman home, while the couple's two young boys were asleep. Kingman County Judge Larry Solomon set the trial for April 23rd, but defense attorney Roger Falk is anticipating a delay. "I don't see this case going to trial until mid-summer probably at the earliest," Falk told reporters after Friday's brief hearing. Seacat is charged with first degree murder, aggravated arson and two counts of aggravated child endangerment.  Last April, Vashti Seacat was found dead inside her bedroom.  Authorities said she was shot in the head.  Brett Seacat and their children made it out of the fire safely.
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by Sia Nyorkor and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 7, 2013
Brett Seacat, a former lawman accused of killing his wife, took the stand in his own defense this week. A local defense attorney said the defendant taking the stand is risky. "There's danger there, the over-rehearsal, being there too many times, being too controlled based on the question asked, not getting upset when you should get upset, there's all sorts of pitfalls," Charlie O'Hara said. He said Seacat's background as a law enforcement officer will play into how the jury perceives him. "Juries can look at you, look at your eyes, how you react to a certain question, are you emotional enough.
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by Anne Meyer and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | September 17, 2012
Brett Seacat's home in Kingman is up for auction. He's the former Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy accused of killing his wife, Vashti, and then setting their home on fire. Last month, Seacat's mortgage company filed paperwork in district court to have the property foreclosed and sold off to the highest bidder. Neighbors have been complaining about this home on East B street for more than 17 months. The only thing that's been done to the property since that April 2011 fire is the orange fencing was added around the home to keep people out. Seacat still technically owns the house, even though he's in jail.
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