Murder defendant kills himself in courthouse

Murder defendant kills himself in courthouse
Robert Seman (Source: Mahoning County Jail)
Deadly fire at home on Powers Way in Youngstown in March 2015. (Source: WOIO)
Deadly fire at home on Powers Way in Youngstown in March 2015. (Source: WOIO)
Corinne Gump killed in fire along with her grandparents. (Source: WKBN)
Corinne Gump killed in fire along with her grandparents. (Source: WKBN)
Bill and Judy Schmidt (Source: WKBN)
Bill and Judy Schmidt (Source: WKBN)

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WOIO) - The man accused of raping 10-year-old Corinne Gump and setting a fire that killed the South Range Elementary student and her grandparents, Bill and Judy Schmidt jumped to his death before Monday's status hearing.

Youngstown triple murder defendant Robert Seman, 48, was in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court when he jumped off a fourth-floor balcony.

Seman landed on the marble floors in the courtroom rotunda.

Prosecutors say Seman set the fire in March of 2015 because Corinne was getting ready to testify that Seman raped her over the course of several years.

Seman's new trial was set to begin next week in Portage County.

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