YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Robert Seman made another appearance in court Wednesday morning after being accused of raping a young girl, then murdering her to cover up his crimes.
Seman’s trial is still a year away, but the attorneys handling the case have a lot of work to do ahead of that. Seman’s defense lawyers met with the prosecutors handling the case Wednesday morning.
Between now and next September, lawyers for both sides and Seman will have monthly hearings like today’s to be sure everyone stays on the same page.
Seman is charged with setting a fire last March in Youngstown that claimed the lives of 10-year-old Corinne Gump and her grandparents, Bill and Judy Schmidt.
Prosecutors say Seman killed them all to keep the little girl from testifying that Seman had been raping her.
While Seman would have faced life in prison without parole if he’d been convicted in the rape, he now faces the possibility of a death sentence if he’s ultimately found guilty in the murders.