A judge has denied a reduction in a $1 million bond for a former law enforcement instructor charged with murdering his wife, an official said today.
Attorney general's spokesman Jeff Wagaman confirmed that Kingman County District Judge Larry Solomon denied a defense motion to reduce the bond for Brett Seacat, charged with murdering his wife, Vashti Seacat. Solomon issued his order Tuesday afternoon.
Rich Forrest, Vashti Seacat's brother, said he was pleased with the judge's decision and said the $1 million bond for Brett Seacat is merited "in light of what he's been charged with."
Still, Forrest said, he thinks it's possible that Seacat's family could try to pay the $100,000 fee needed to meet the $1 million bond obligation.
Seacat's defense attorney, Roger Falk, couldn't be reached for comment.
Seacat, a former Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy who recently resigned from his job with the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, is charged with first-degree murder in Vashti Seacat's death.
Authorities found her body in the couple's partly charred home in Kingman after an early-morning fire April 30. Brett Seacat and the couple's two sons, ages 2 and 4, made it out of the house.
Brett Seacat, 35, also is charged with aggravated arson and two counts of aggravated endangerment of a child.
Vashti Seacat, 34, was a human resources employee with Cox Communications in Wichita.
She filed for divorce 16 days before she died.