Man on trial for murder jumps to his death from courthouse balcony

Man on trial for murder jumps to his death from courthouse balcony

The man jumped from a courthouse balcony (Stock image)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A man on trial over the death of a 10-year-old girl and her grandparents jumped from a balcony to his death in a courthouse on Monday (April 10).

Robert Seman had appeared at the Mahoning County courthouse for a status hearing before his planned trial, according to Newsweek.

He was then seen on CCTV walking along a corridor with two police officers, before running to the balcony edge on the fourth-floor.

The man was not wearing handcuffs but did have a restraint on one of his legs. Seman jumped from the balcony before anyone could arrive to stop him, and died when he hit the floor.

The 48-year-old had been accused of setting fire to a house in 2015, where 10-year-old Corinne Gump lived with her grandparents Bill and Judy Schmidt in Ohio.

Seman would have faced the death penalty if he had been convicted of the crime. His attorney said that he had shown “no indication” of wanting to commit suicide and no note was left.

When the man set fire to the house, it was just hours before Corinne was supposed to testify against him in another case about rape.

Prosecutors accused him of sexually abusing and raping Corinne for around five years. At the time he was the boyfriend of the girl's mother.