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


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.