(June 11, 2013) – A Kingman County jury today found Brett Seacat, 37, of Kingman, guilty of first degree, premeditated murder, aggravated arson, and two counts of aggravated child endangerment after a three-week trial, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Seacat was charged with the crimes in the 2011 death of his wife, Vashti Seacat, and the burning of the couple’s home in Kingman. Chief Judge Larry T. Solomon presided over the trial, and scheduled sentencing for August 5 at 9:30 a.m.
Schmidt commended the jury, law enforcement officials and prosecution team for their work in this case.
The case was investigated by the Kingman Police Department, Kingman County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorneys General Amy Hanley and Jessica Domme of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case, along with Kingman County Attorney Matthew Ricke and Associate Counsel Tom Bath.