The trial began SC versus Nathaniel Rowland who allegedly posed as a Uber driver to kidnap and kill a New Jersey woman in 2019
A trial over the South Carolina student who allegedly kidnapped and killed a woman in 2019, who thought he was her Uber driver, has begun this week.
27-year-old Nathaniel Rowland is accused of killing 21-year-old Samantha Josephson, who mistakenly got into his car thinking he was an Uber driver.
“It’s those intentional deliberate, heinous, cruel and malicious acts that Nathaniel David Rowland has been indicted for kidnapping Samantha Josephson. He’s been indicted for murdering Samantha Josephson,” prosecutor Byron Gipson reportedly told the court.
#FakeUberMurderTrial - Tomorrow morning they will continue with jury selection at 10am ET. Opening statements will follow the selection of the final jury. WATCH LIVE on @LawCrimeNetwork #SamanthaJosephson #WhatsMyName #NathanielRowland pic.twitter.com/kvvkTPGAiW— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) July 20, 2021
Josephson was celebrating the graduation of college, drinking with some friends that night of March 28, 2019. According to the prosecution, Rowland was circling the block driving his 2007 black Chevrolet Impala, which was caught on 5 cameras. Prosecutors insist that Rowland was waiting to attack his victim.
“The defendant, Nathaniel David Rowland, had his eyes firmly fixed on Samantha Josephson. He had his eyes on Ms. Josephson as she walked outside the Bird Dog Lounge in Five Points alone, as she walked outside, as she had ordered an Uber ride, alone.”
Josephson was standing alone on a parking lot waiting for her Uber when Rowland picked her up. She was then found “covered in her own blood” dead in the woods with multiple stab wounds.
“And he’s been indicted for possession of a weapon from the commission of a violent crime. And at the appropriate time, we’ll ask that you return verdicts on guilty on each one of those counts.”
Rowland’s defense said there were no DNA evidence on Josephson’s body connecting to the defendant.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to hear this number again, and that is zero,” lawyer Tracy Pinnock said. “That’s the amount of DNA on Samantha Josephson’s body that matches Nathaniel Rowland. Zero. It’s not on her clothing. It’s not under her ripped and torn fingernails. It’s not on her ankles.”
At the end of the first day in Nathaniel Rowland’s murder trial, Judge Clifton Newman asked if he was satisfied with his appointed defense team. Rowland gave Newman a thumb’s up.— Stephen Fastenau (@StephenFastenau) July 19, 2021
Final jury selection and opening statements are expected Tuesday. https://t.co/GUPpBiV3jP
If convinced, Rowland can spend the rest of his life in prison.