YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Robert Seman wants to throw the death penalty off the table for his upcoming murder trial expected to begin in September.
At a pretrial hearing Wednesday morning in Mahoning County Court, defense lawyers asked Judge Maureen Sweeney to remove the death penalty as a potential sentence if Seman is convicted, calling it “unconstitutional”.
Seman faces capital murder charges in the deaths of 10-year-old Corrine Gump and her grandparents, Bill and Judy Schmidt, one year ago.
Prosecutors say Seman set fire to the family’s house on Powers Way in Youngstown to prevent Corrine from testifying at his trial charging him with raping the girl.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges in connection to this case.