Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021

Prosecutors: Man Killed Student Who Mistook Car for Uber

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COLUMBIA, S.C.—The South Carolina man accused of killing the woman who mistook his car for her Uber ride trapped her in the vehicle hours before her body, riddled with stab wounds, was dumped near his family home, prosecutors argued in court Tuesday. Nathaniel Rowland is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson. The University of South Carolina student from Robbinsville, New Jersey, disappeared from Columbia’s Five Points entertainment district one night in March 2019, the spring before she was set to graduate and head to law school. At opening arguments in Richland County Judicial Center in Columbia, prosecutors previewed evidence and testimony—from surveillance camera footage of Josephson entering Rowland’s car to a witness who allegedly watched Rowland clean the blade he used to repeatedly stab Josephson—that would implicate Rowland in the crime. Fifth Circuit Solicitor Byron Gipson said cameras in the entertainment district captured Rowland circling …

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