Former Kansas lawman testifies in murder trial

Defense attorney John Val Wachtel questions KBI agent Brian Carroll about evidence he collected at the scene from the Seacat residence during Brett Seacat's trial on Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Kingman, Kan. Seacat is accused of killing his 34-year-old wife, Vashti, in April 2011 because she was divorcing him and set a fire to cover up the crime. (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Travis Morisse, Pool)
Defense attorney John Val Wachtel questions KBI agent Brian Carroll about evidence he collected at the scene from the Seacat residence during Brett Seacat's trial on Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Kingman, Kan. Seacat is accused of killing his 34-year-old wife, Vashti, in April 2011 because she was divorcing him and set a fire to cover up the crime. (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Travis Morisse, Pool)

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) – A former Kansas lawman on trial for the death of his wife says she had mixed feelings about asking him for a divorce.

Brett Seacat testified Thursday at his first-degree murder trial about his work as a police instructor and former deputy. He talked about the day he was served with divorce papers.

And he recounted his last day working at a law enforcement academy before the April 2011 shooting death of his wife, 34-year-old Vashti Seacat.
Brett Seacat is also charged with aggravated arson and two counts of child endangerment for allegedly setting fire to the couple’s Kingman home. He and the couple’s two young sons escaped the fire.

The defense contends Vashti Seacat set the fire, then committed suicide by shooting herself.

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