A person has been jailed for all times after killing a 21-year-old pupil who mistook his automobile for her Uber experience.It took simply over an hour for a jury within the US state of South Carolina to convict Nathaniel Rowland of abducting and murdering Samantha Josephson.Ms Josephson, from New Jersey, had acquired into Rowland’s automobile in March 2019, considering it was the Uber she had booked to take her from Columbia’s 5 Factors leisure district again to her condominium.Prosecutors mentioned Rowland had gone across the block various instances earlier than pulling up beside Ms Josephson, who had been ready alone for her experience.As soon as she was contained in the car, Rowland turned on the kid locks, which means the doorways might solely be opened from the surface, successfully trapping Ms Josephson.Her physique was discovered coated with 120 stab wounds, cuts and different accidents, dumped in woodland about 65 miles from town.Ms Josephson had been as a result of graduate from the College of South Carolina and go on to regulation faculty with a full scholarship.
Her mom Marci Josephson spoke at Rowland’s sentencing listening to, saying of her daughter: “Her desires had been my desires, and her dying was my dying. I shut my eyes, and I really feel what she endured at his palms.”
Nathaniel Rowland didn’t testify and his lawyer, Alicia Goode, didn’t name witnesses
Rowland had insisted he was harmless however Circuit Choose Clifton Newman was not satisfied, saying: “She clearly put up a tremendous combat towards you and left a ample path for the jury to see what you probably did.”Prosecution specialists had linked Ms Josephson’s blood to the inside of Rowland’s automobile and to a knife with two blades – the suspected homicide weapon.Her blood was discovered on cleansing provides within the garbage behind the house of Rowland’s girlfriend on the time, and on a sock and bandana belonging to him.A forensic scientist mentioned that DNA from Rowland’s fingernails matched the sufferer’s genetic materials, and DNA belonging to each of them had been discovered on gloves.Prosecutors additionally offered video footage of Rowland attempting to make use of Ms Josephson’s debit card and promote her cell phone after her disappearance, in addition to telephone monitoring proof.Telephones belonging to Ms Josephson and Rowland had been tracked and located travelling collectively for about 20 minutes earlier than her telephone switched off, specialists testified.His telephone stayed on all the way in which to New Zion – his dwelling city and close to the place Ms Josephson’s physique was discovered.Rowland didn’t testify and his attorneys referred to as no witnesses however they argued that, whereas Ms Josephson appeared to have fought him, none of his DNA was discovered on her physique and he had no seen accidents from a combat when he was arrested.Ms Josephson’s dying prompted modifications aimed toward enhancing security for these utilizing ride-hailing apps reminiscent of Uber.These included a state regulation requiring drivers to make licence plate numbers seen within the entrance of their automobiles and legal penalties for individuals who impersonate ride-hailing drivers.