(KINGMAN COUNTY, Kan.)—A Kingman County man accused of killing his wife was back in court today. Brett Seacat is accused of killing his wife, Vashti Seacat, and setting their house on fire.
Attorneys wanted to discuss how to handle jury selection and whether each potential juror should be questioned individually about pretrial publicity.
The Defense is worried that many potential jurors will already have knowledge about this case because of media reports. That's why Seacat's attorneys want to ask potential jurors individual questions about that exposure.
But the State says those issues will be covered in the 11-page questionnaire every juror will have to fill out. That's what Tuesday's motion hearing was all about.
"My concern is we are not going to get the kind of detail in a written questionnaire that we might get in individual sequestered selection," said Defense Attorney Roger Falk.
The Judge heard from both sides, but didn't make a ruling. He wants more time to consider the Defense's request, which he says may take a few weeks.
Potential jurors will begin filling out those questionnaires April 9th. That is several weeks before Seacat's trial is scheduled to begin on May 20th.