Supreme Court To Hear Cop’s Murder Appeal
Associated Press - September 17, 2015 6:48 am
The Kansas Supreme Court says a man serving about 54 years in prison after being convicted in a 1999 rape and robbery case in Lawrence may be entitled to a few more days in court.
The highest court in Kansas is scheduled to hear the appeal from a former Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy who is serving a life sentence for killing his wife days after she filed for divorce.
Brett Seacat was convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder and other charges in the 2011 death of his 34-year-old wife, Vashti. Prosecutors contend Seacat then set fire to the family’s home to destroy evidence as their two young sons slept down the hall.
The Supreme Court will consider Thursday whether the judge should have allowed hearsay statements his wife allegedly made before her death. It will also consider whether some evidence should have been barred from trial.
Seacat accused the judge at sentencing of helping to convict him by hiding evidence he claims proves his innocence.