Judge denies request to rule out death penalty in Seman murder trial

Robert Seman's lawyers had argued that Ohio's procedures for sentencing suspects to death violate the Constitution

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Efforts to derail the capital murder trial of Robert Seman have apparently fallen short.

Mahoning County Judge Maureen Sweeney denied a request by Seman’s lawyers to dismiss the case against him.

They had argued that Ohio’s procedures for sentencing suspects to death violate the Constitution.

Judge Sweeney ruled that none of his rights had been violated.

Prosecutors say Seman set fire to a house on Powers Way in Youngstown in March of 2015, which killed 10-year-old Corrine Gump and her grandparents, Bill and Judy Schmidt.

Seman’s trial is scheduled to begin in September.

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