Seman’s lawyers want fire-damaged home preserved as evidence

Youngstown firefighters may need help coping after Monday's triple fatal fire

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Lawyers for accused rapist and murderer Robert Seman said the house where his alleged victim and two others died needs to be preserved as evidence.

The house belonging to William and Judy Schmidt on Powers Way in Youngstown still looks as it did in the days after a fire there killed the couple, along with their 10-year-old granddaughter Corrine Gump on March 30.

But this week, lawyers for Seman filed papers in court saying they heard the house was about to be demolished. They are asking a judge for an order to preserve the house as potential evidence so their own experts can go over it.

Seman is charged with setting the fire to keep Corrine from testifying that he had repeatedly raped her. He faces the death penalty if he’s convicted.

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