Triple-Murder Defendant Jumps Off Courthouse Balcony To His Death

YOUNGSTOWN, OH — A triple-murder defendant whose trial was scheduled for next week jumped to his death from a fourth-floor balcony of an Ohio courthouse.

The body of Robert Seman, who was accused of setting a house fire in March 2015 that killed a 10-year-old girl and her grandparents, landed in the Mahoney County Courthouse rotunda. Witnesses said that a sheet was placed over his corpse. Seman was reportedly in the courthouse for a status hearing ahead of the trial.

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The fire Seman is said to have started killed Corinne Gump, 10, and her grandparents Bill and Judy Schmidt. Seman allegedly started the blaze because Gump planned to testify against him in a rape case, according to prosecutors.

According to CBS News, this was not the first suicide to take place in the courthouse. In 1947, Frank Rigelsky committed suicide by jumping off a fourth-floor railing. Rigelsky was reportedly worried about making alimony payments to his estranged wife after being involved in a car accident.

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Main photo: Mahoning County Courthouse [Wikimedia Commons]

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