The disturbing moment a man accused of repeatedly raping a 10-year-old girl and later killing her and her grandparents in a house fire jumped to his death from a courthouse balcony has been captured on camera.
Robert Seman Jr, 48, was set for trial this week at the Mahoning County Courthouse in Youngstown, Ohio, over the deadly arson when he threw himself from the fourth-floor.
Seman faced the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder charges in the March 2015 deaths of 10-year-old Corrine Gump, 63-year-old William Schmidt and 61-year-old Judith Schmidt.
A Youngstown Vindicator reporter who witnessed the incident said the 48-year-old’s body was covered by a white sheet inside a marble rotunda, but his arms were visible as they were sticking out.
In the short clip, Seman is first seen walking out of the courtroom with two officers. He then slows down, allowing the officer who was behind him to draw level with him.
He then took three steps to his right, before throwing himself over the low railing.
The two police officers are seen rushing to the railing desperately, before they make their way downstairs. People are seen emerging from the courtroom at the same time.
Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamessa, who was leading the case against Seman, told the newspaper it was ‘telling’ that the accused opted to leap to his death instead of facing trial.