Judge urges attorneys in Seman murder trial to stay on track

The judge says she doesn't want to delay the trial, despite complaints from attorneys about receiving evidence late

Seman and lawyers for both the defense and prosecution are now meeting once a week to be sure the capital murder case stays on track.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Mahoning County judge is telling lawyers in the Robert Seman murder trial that they’d better get busy.

Seman and lawyers for both the defense and prosecution are now meeting once a week to be sure the capital murder case stays on track. Wednesday morning, Seman’s lawyers complained that they’re just now receiving some of the evidence in the case from prosecutors — and more is on the way.

Attorneys say with just five weeks until trial, they will have a difficult time reviewing everything. The judge told both sides they may need to clear their case loads if necessary, saying she does not intend to delay the trial past the scheduled starting date of September 12.

Seman is charged in the arson murders of 10-year-old Corrinne Gump and her grandparents, Judy and Bill Schmidt, in March of 2015.

He faces a possible death sentence if he’s convicted.

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