The former police instructor Brett Seacat took the stand in his own defense and attempted to get a jury of 12 to believe that his wife Vashti, shot herself and set the family home on fire, but it didn’t work. Brett Seacat was found guilty of his wife’s murder.
Seacat wanted a jury to believe that his wife was depressed, and was using a diet drug HGC that caused her to be depressed. There was even a suicide note that Brett wanted the jury to believe was authored by Vashti, but prosecutors called a handwriting expert to the stand to say that the note was forged.
Moreover, prosecutors believe that Seacat used overhead projectors to trace her signature on the suicide notes. His coworkers testified that he had a projector taken out of storage, and they found it odd because the projectors haven’t been used in years.
The night of his wife’s murder, Seacat claimed he was asleep in the wee hours of the morning, and was awaken by a “popping” sound, he rushed upstairs to find his wife’s body in her bedroom and the bedroom was engulfed in flames. He claimed he attempted to rescue Vashti, but was unable to do so.
However, forensics didn’t add up with his story and supported the prosecution’s theory. Traces of gasoline was discovered on the pants he had been wearing that night. Furthermore, Seacat called his marriage counselor and confessed to killing his wife.
The prosecution claimed that Seacat killed his wife because he was angry that she wanted a divorce. He was served with divorce papers and was sleeping on the couch, despite being ordered out of the home. Many people say Vashti was happy to be moving on with her life and the divorce.
A family member of Vashti Seacat spoke out on Dr. Drew’s HLN show. She claimed that Brett Seacat was overly in love with his dogs and that he had them trained where they wouldn’t listen to anyone but him. That shows how controlling he is. She said he loved his dogs more than his family. Why would he love them more? Because dogs are easier to control than humans.
Vashti’s family also said that it was known that Brett Seacat used steroids, and many people speculated that the killing of Vashti was “roid rage,” however, the planning and premeditation doesn’t support that. I think he was angry that he was no longer able to control Ashti and that is why he killed her.
So glad justice was served, and this monster is going to prison. My hearts and prayers go out to Vashti’s children and her family.