The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a former Kansas lawman accused of killing his wife and setting their house on fire to hide evidence as their young sons slept down the hall



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WICHITA, Kansas — The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a former Kansas lawman accused of killing his wife and setting their house on fire to hide evidence as their two young sons slept down the hall.

The justices ruled Friday that the trial judge properly admitted the various out-of-court statements Brett Seacat's wife made when she told co-workers and her therapist that he threatened to kill her by burning down their house and making her death appear to be a suicide.

Seacat was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder, aggravated arson and child endangerment in the April 2011 shooting death of his 34-year-old wife, Vashti, at their Kingman home.

The justices also found that the court properly excluded evidence related to the wife's purported history of suicidal tendencies.

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