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Brett Seacat's attorney argued Tuesday that a Kingman County judge should allow him to individually question all potential jurors in the former Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy's murder trial.
Roger Falk said it was necessary to speak one-on-one with each of 625 potential jurors because Seacat's murder trial is known to everyone in the county. Seacat is accused of shooting his wife, Vashti, and setting their house on fire to cover up the evidence. Seacat claims his wife committed suicide after starting the fire in April of 2011.
Prosecuting attorneys argued that it would be unnecessary and too time-consuming to allow tedious questioning of such a large group of people. They told the judge that paper questionnaires would be enough to find an unbiased panel.
Judge Larry Solomon expects to issue a ruling on the motion in the next couple of weeks. The trial is planned for May.