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Ex-officer suspected in death of his wife seeks bail reduction

May 27, 2011

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— A former Kansas police instructor charged in the death of his wife is seeking a reduction in his $1 million bond so he can live with his parents while awaiting trial.

Brett T. Seacat is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, 34-year-old Vashti Seacat, in a fire April 30 at the couple's home in Kingman. He escaped with the couple's two young sons.

The Hutchinson News reports that during Thursday's hearing Seacat's attorney, Roger Falk, suggested Vashti's Seacat's death was a suicide.

In a written motion, Falk asked the judge to reduce Seacat's bond to $150,000. The judge did not make a decision, pending a written response from prosecutors.

Seacat resigned as a police instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center after his arrest.

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