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Demolition halt requested for Youngstown arson home

Robert Seman Robert Seman
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

A motion to stop the destruction of a Youngstown home where three people died has been filed in Mahoning County Court.

Lawyers for Robert Seman have asked the court to stop any demolition plans for the burnt out Powers Way home. 

Their client is accused of murdering 10-year-old Corinne Gump and Judith and William Schmidt, her grandparents, in the March 30th fire.  Seman is also accused of previously raping the young girl.

Seman's lawyers say they wish to conduct their own tests to ensure the fire was caused by arson.

Seman, of Green Township, currently stands accused of ten counts of aggravated murder, three counts of arson, and three counts of burglary.  

The fire occurred just hours before Seman was scheduled to go on trial for raping the 4th grader.

Seman is also charged with four counts of rape and four counts of gross sexual imposition, all involving Corinne Gump.  The charges are still pending.

According to an indictment, the alleged assaults took place over a period of four and a half years, from the time the girl was only four years old, and continued until she was eight.

Seman has been in Mahoning County Jail since he reported to court on the day of the fire.  He could face the death penalty if convicted.

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