Prosecutors: A man killed a student who accidentally dropped Ober’s car
Prosecutors say there is enough evidence to convict a South Carolina man accused of killing a woman who accidentally killed her car while riding.
Nathaniel Rowland is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson. A University of South Carolina, New Jersey, student from Robbers Value went missing one night in March 2019 from Columbia’s Five Points Entertainment District. Earlier in the spring, he had to graduate and go to law school.
Opening arguments at the Richland County Judicial Center in Columbia, the prosecution presented evidence and testimony that they said would implicate Roland. It includes surveillance camera footage of Josephine entering Rowland’s car, as well as a witness, which prosecutors say saw Rowland clean the blade on which he repeatedly stabbed Josephine.
Fifth Circuit Solicitor Byron Gypson said cameras in the recreation district pulled Rowland into Josephson, who was waiting alone, blocking him more than once in his black Chevrolet Impala. The prosecutor said Josephine got in the car, and that was the last time he was seen alive.
“As she stood there waiting for Ober, her eyes were fixed on him,” Gypson said.
Once inside, Josephine was trapped because Rowland had activated the locks for the backseat children so that the doors could only be opened from the outside.
Josephson’s death drew national attention to safety concerns about riding services and made some changes. South Carolina lawmakers have passed a bill requiring drivers to display their license plates in front of their vehicles and imposing criminal fines on individuals who imitate drivers while riding.
Rowland, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, was in Richland County Jail just days after Josephsson’s disappearance. If convicted of murder, he could face up to life in prison.
Geppson said Josephson’s body was found with more than 100 stab wounds, cuts and other injuries, which were dumped in a forest about 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Colombia.
It was clear that Josephine would fight again, “kicking and punching and attacking the man,” said Alicia Good, one of Rawalpindi’s public defenders.
Goode noted that investigators had gathered a large amount of evidence in the days following the crime, including the shaking of Josephine’s body and Rowland’s car.
However, none of the DNA evidence collected from the victims matched that of Roland, Good said.
“Zero: This is the amount of DNA on Samantha Josephine’s body that comes from Nathaniel,” Goode said. Zero It’s not on her clothes, it’s not under her torn and cracked nails, it’s not on her ankles.
Jepson said investigators tracked down both Josephsson and Rowland’s phones and found “mysteriously powerful things” in some parts of Colombia about 20 minutes before Joseph’s phone call.
The prosecutor pointed out that Rowland’s phone was fully plugged into a small community in New Zone, South Carolina. Both Josephson’s body was dumped a short distance from Rawalpindi’s hometown, both in his hometown and in the woods.
Jepson also said there were witnesses who found Rowland’s bloody clothes in Dolpster and saw Rowland cleaning up with a “weird knife blade tool” that prosecutors said he used as a murder weapon. ۔
Jepson, who did not identify any possible motives for the crime, discussed video evidence showing Roland using the victim’s debit card and trying to sell his cell phone. ۔ Investigators later found Josephson’s blood and cell phone in Rowland’s car, as well as bleach, window cleaners and cleaning wipes.
Eyewitnesses testified before the court on Tuesday afternoon.
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