Closing arguments begin in ex-Kan. lawman's trial

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Defendent Brett Seacat, left, talks with his attorney Roger Falk as they look over evidence before the start of his trial on Friday, June 7, 2013, in Kingman, Kan. Seacat is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson in the shooting death of his wife, 34-year-old Vashti Seacat. (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Travis Morisse, Pool)

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) — A jury now will decide whether a former Kansas lawman killed his wife and set their house on fire while their young sons slept down the hall.

Jurors met for about a half hour Monday before going home after listening to closing arguments. The jury resumes deliberations Tuesday.

Prosecutors portrayed Brett Seacat as a manipulative man who used his law enforcement background to make it look like his wife shot herself.

The defense contends even an experienced coroner couldn't decide whether the death was suicide or homicide.

Seacat is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated arson and two counts of child endangerment in the April 2011 shooting death of 34-year-old Vashti Seacat.

Seacat is a former Sedgwick County deputy who also was an instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.