Triple murder suspect leaps to death in Ohio courthouse

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.

Seman was on trial for the murders of 10-year-old Corrine Gump, and her grandparents, 63-year-old William Schmidt and 61-year-old Judith Schmidt.

Seman was at the courthouse for a last-minute hearing; he was set to go on trial April 17.

The man was not wearing handcuffs but did have a restraint on one of his legs. And when I said the other day that him jumping was telling of his guilt, I wanted you to know that this is the same stuff that he would have saw.

"She talked about him showing up to her house and another place and offered her $10,000", Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Dawn Cantalamessa said.

Seman's attorney, Tom Zena, said more jurors were excused from the trial today before Seman committed suicide.

The impact of his body hitting the marble floor "shook the building", onlookers told Youngstown Vindicator reporter Joe Gorman, who witnessed it. Paramedics rushed to treat the man as he lay motionless on his side.

"I think it's very telling", she said. The New York Daily News says the girl was set to testify against Seman in a rape case, prompting him to set the fire. "[The family] didn't get the justice they deserved".

And in the same OH courthouse where Seman died, another man took the fatal leap from the fourth-floor railing onto the marble rotunda floor about 70 years ago, according to the Vindicator.

He told a local broadcaster: "I've been doing this for over 20 years and I've seen a lot of stuff. By all descriptions these were truly wonderful people to the deaf community that were valued, to Corinne Gump who was just a little girl And these were some of the most innocent victims that you could imagine on a case like this".

  • Leroy Wright