Man on trial for fire that killed girl he was accused of raping, her grandparents, jumps to death

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launch himself Monday morning from the balcony inside the Mahoning County Courthouse in Youngstown. The Youngstown Vindicator says one of its reporters watched 48-year-old Robert Seman Jr.

(Mahoning County Jail/HO) Robert Seman Jr.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — An Ohio man set for trial this week for an arson fire that killed a girl he was accused of raping and her grandparents has jumped to his death from a fourth-floor balcony at a courthouse.

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Prosecutors say Seman torched the family’s home shortly before he was set for trial on the rape charges. Police discovered burns on Seman’s body after his arrest over the gasoline-fuelled arson.

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Seman faced the death penalty if he’d been convicted of aggravated murder charges in the March 2015 deaths of 10-year-old Corrine Gump, 63-year-old William Schmidt and 61-year-old Judith Schmidt.