Closing arguments set in ex-Kansas lawman’s 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)

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KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) — The first-degree murder trial of a former Kansas lawman charged with killing his wife and setting their home on fire is heading toward its conclusion.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday afternoon in the trial of Brett Seacat, who is charged in the April 2011 shooting death of his 34-year-old wife, Vashti, at their Kingman home.

Seacat also is charged with aggravated arson and two counts of aggravated child endangerment for allegedly setting fire to the couple’s house while their two young sons were asleep. The boys were not harmed.

Jurors have heard 12 days of testimony in the case.

Prosecutors contend Seacat killed his wife 16 days after she filed for divorce. Seacat’s attorneys maintain his wife set the fire and shot herself.

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