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Hearing set for Tuesday in Seacat murder case

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at 2:41 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 7:42 a.m.

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A court hearing has been set for Tuesday in the case against Brett Seacat, a former lawman charged with murdering his wife and setting their Kingman house on fire in 2011.

Among other things, the hearing is expected to deal with whether to limit potential evidence involving KBI Agent Cory Latham.

Lyndon Vix, an attorney representing The Eagle and other area media, has filed a memorandum with the court opposing an effort by Seacat to close the hearing dealing with potential testimony by Latham.

In July, Judge Larry Solomon ruled that statements Seacat made to law enforcement on at least five occasions will be allowed during testimony at trial in May. The statements — made during interviews or interactions with authorities on April 30, May 12 and May 13 — are admissible, Solomon said, because Seacat was properly informed of his rights, spoke voluntarily and had not been coerced or threatened during interviews. Seacat was not under arrest at the time.

Tuesday’s hearing in Kingman, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., is expected to last about four hours.

Seacat is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, 34-year-old Vashti Seacat, in April 2011. He also faces charges of aggravated arson for allegedly setting fire to the couple’s Kingman house and two counts of aggravated child endangerment. He and his two young sons escaped the fire.

His trial has been set for May 20.

Seacat was an instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center at the time of his wife’s death. He also is a former Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com

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