Prosecutors: South Carolina man killed student from New Jersey who mistook car for Uber
Prosecutors say there's ample evidence to convict the South Carolina man accused of killing a Robbinsville woman who mistook his car for her Uber ride.
"We believe that the simplest explanation is that Nathanial David Rowland murdered Samantha Josephson,” says prosecutor Byron Gipson.
Rowland is standing trial for kidnapping and murder charges in the 2019 death of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson.
Prosecutors said Tuesday the University of South Carolina student got into Rowland’s car and was trapped because he had turned on the child locks in his backseat so the doors could only be opened from the outside.
Rowland's attorneys say none of the DNA evidence on the victim's body matches Rowland's.
"Nathanial's DNA is not there, but someone else’s is. Multiple someone’s,” says defense attorney Alicia Goode.
Josephson’s boyfriend testified he and other friends looked for her the night she was killed. They saw video of her getting into Rowland's car, and then driving in the opposite direction of where she lived.
He could face up to life in prison if convicted. AP wire services helped contribute to this report.