KINGMAN, Kan. - A total of four witnesses have been called to the stand to testify in the murder trial of Brett Seacat in Kingman. Seacat, a former Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy and Kansas law enforcement instructor is charged with first degree murder in the death of his wife, Vashti Forrest-Seacat.
Jurors saw a video shot on a cell phone by a man named Shawn Harbert, who happened to be walking in the neighborhood when the fire broke out on the night of April 30, 2011.
Harbert initially ran to the back door of the home when he realized there was a fire. He testified he was attempting to find out if anyone was inside. A police officer quickly arrived and ordered him to get away.
The jurors watched as Harbert's video showed what appeared to be a small fire explode into a massive wall of flames over an entire wall of the home. From then on, flames raged out of control and audible 'whoofs' could be heard. Twice during the video, two loud bangs can be heard.
Earlier, Kingman PD Sgt. Travis Sowers said he heard those bangs and thought it was likely ammunition exploding inside, but defense attorneys are clearly trying to set in the jurors mind that the bangs could have been gunshots from Vashti shooting herself.
Prosecutors have said they will introduce crime scene photos that show Vashti's charred body lying on her upstairs bed with the gun underneath her. They contend there's no way the weapon could have come to rest underneath her if she did, in fact, kill herself.