Trial Date Moved for Former Kansas Police Instructor


KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) The trial of a former Kansas police instructor accused of killing his wife has been moved from December to next May.

Brett Seacat, 36, of Kingman, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated arson and child endangerment. His 34-year-old wife, Vashti Seacat, was found dead with a gunshot wound in the neck after a fire at their home in April 2011.

Prosecutors say Brett Seacat shot his wife and set the fire before escaping the house with their two young sons. The defense contends Vashti Seacat set the fire and shot herself.

A judge on Thursday rescheduled the trial at the request of the defense.

Seacat was an instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center when his wife died, two weeks after she filed for divorce.


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