A trial for the South Carolina man accused of kidnapping and killing a lady who mistook his automotive for her Uber journey started this week, with prosecutors alleging that the man stabbed the sufferer greater than 100 instances earlier than dumping her physique in the woods close to his dwelling.
Nathaniel Rowland is on trial for the kidnapping and homicide of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson, a legislation student who disappeared from Columbia’s Five Points leisure district one night time in March 2019.
In opening arguments in Richland County Judicial Center in Columbia, prosecutors previewed proof and testimony they stated would implicate Rowland. That included surveillance digicam footage of Josephson getting into Rowland’s automotive in addition to a witness who the prosecutors say allegedly watched Rowland clear the blade he used to repeatedly stab Josephson.
Fifth Circuit Solicitor Byron Gipson stated cameras captured Rowland circling the block a number of instances in his black Chevrolet Impala earlier than pulling as much as Josephson, who was ready alone. Josephson acquired into the automotive, and it was the final time she was seen alive, the prosecutor stated.
Gipson stated greater than 100 stab wounds, cuts and different abrasions have been discovered on Josephson’s physique, which was dumped in the woods a brief distance from Rowland’s household dwelling.
Alicia Goode, considered one of Rowland’s public defenders, stated it was clear Josephson fought again, “kicking and punching and clawing the person attacking her.”
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Goode famous that investigators had amassed proof after the crime, together with swabbing Josephson’s physique and Rowland’s automotive – but not one of the DNA proof gathered from the sufferer matched Rowland.
“Zero: that’s the amount of DNA on Samantha Josephson’s body that matches Nathaniel’s,” Goode stated. “Zero. It’s not on her clothing, not under her ripped and torn fingernails, it’s not on her ankles.”
Gipson, who did not deal with any potential motives for the crime, mentioned video proof displaying Rowland trying to make use of the sufferer’s debit card and attempting to promote her cellphone. Investigators later discovered Josephson’s blood and cellphone in Rowland’s automotive, together with bleach, window cleaner and cleansing wipes.
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Rowland, who has pleaded not responsible to the fees, has been in the Richland County jail since his arrest a day after Josephson’s disappearance. He might withstand life in jail if convicted of homicide.
Witnesses started testimony in entrance of jurors Tuesday afternoon.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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