Defendant in triple slaying dies in jump from court balcony
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 5:31
Seman was accused of setting a house in the northeastern OH city of Youngstown on fire in March 2015, killing 10-year-old Corinne Gump and her grandparents, Bill and Judy Schmidt. The March 2015 fire at the family's home occurred the day Seman's trial in Corrine's rape was scheduled to begin in Youngstown.
A triple-murder suspect jumped to his death from the fourth floor of an OH courthouse on Monday, in what police called an apparent suicide.
At the time, Seman was being led from a courtroom to a holding cell after attending a brief status conference at the Mahoning County Courthouse in Youngstown when he leaped to his death.
Seman allegedly repeatedly raped 10-year-old Corrine Gump (left) and then torched the home she was in with her grandparents before he was due to face those charges.
Posts on social media show a sheet-covered body lying on the courthouse rotunda.
Police discovered burns on Seman's body after his arrest over the gasoline-fueled arson. A Mahoning County judge declared a mistrial last September because a potential juror had prematurely concluded that Seman was guilty and discussed details about the case with fellow jurors.
Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamessa said his actions were a sign of guilt.
"I think it's very telling", she said.
After the hearing ended, Seman, who was in leg restraints but no handcuffs, jumped over a railing on the fourth floor.
'He knew the evidence against him.