Samantha Josephson – South Carolina student 'murdered after getting in car she thought was Uber' suffered 'heinous acts'
A COLLEGE student who was allegedly kidnapped and killed by a man she thought was her Uber driver suffered “heinous, cruel and malicious acts”, according to prosecutors.
Samantha Josephson, 21, allegedly got into the car of Nathaniel Rowland, now 27, in March 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina.
The university student had reportedly been out with her friends in Columbia’s Five Point Entertainment district.
Samantha's body was found around 65 miles away in Claredon County.
Prosecutor Byron Gipson alleged: “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.”
He said jurors will be shown security and cellphone footage during the trial, The New York Post reports.
Gipson also alleged that Samantha’s alleged killer “waited to attack” as she celebrated the end of college with her friends.
He said: “They had their eyes firmly fixed on their futures and their eyes firmly fixed on their love for one another.”
'WAITED TO ATTACK'
Rowland has pleaded not guilty to the charges and maintained his innocence.
Defense lawyers say none of the DNA evidence gathered from Samantha matches Rowland, MailOnline reports.
Samantha’s body was found covered in stab wounds to her head, neck, face, upper body, legs, and feet.
Chilling security footage showed her waiting outside a busy bar after enjoying a night out with a group of friends.
She left the Bird Dog bar alone and was spotted getting into the car she and her pals believed was an Uber she ordered, the Daily Gamecock student newspaper reported.
Detectives said she had just ordered a lift on the popular hail-a-ride app – but the real Uber driver later canceled the journey after she failed to show up.
Samantha's body was discovered by turkey hunters as her desperate family and friends searched for her.
Cops said her blood and mobile phone were found in Rowland's car as well as bleach and cleaning equipment.
The car also had the child locks engaged, according to police — meaning anyone sitting in the back would be unable to get out.
If convicted, Rowland reportedly faces life in prison without parole.
Following Samantha’s death, South Carolina lawmakers introduced legislation that requires drivers to display license plates.
Drivers must show ID and say the names of passengers before they travel.
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