Judge says death penalty option stays in Seman case

Seman's lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss capital murder specifications against their client, calling the punishment "unconstitutional"

Mahoning County Judge Maureen Sweeney said Robert Seman's request to remove the death penalty specification from his murder trial was "meritless."


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Judge Maureen Sweeney said Robert Seman’s request to remove the death penalty specification from his murder trial was “meritless.”

Sweeney said the death penalty will remain as a potential sentence for Seman, who is accused of setting the house fire that killed 10-year-old Corrine Gump and her grandparents, Bill and Judy Schmidt, in March of 2015.

Earlier this week, Seman’s lawyers asked Judge Sweeney to dismiss capital murder specifications against their client, calling the punishment “unconstitutional.”

She ruled that none of Seman’s rights are being violated by the specifications.

The case against Seman is set for trial in September.

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