The South Carolina college student who was allegedly kidnapped and killed by a man she thought to be her Uber driver suffered “heinous, cruel and malicious acts,” prosecutors said during opening statements in her murder trial Tuesday.
New Jersey native Samantha Josephson, 21, was killed by Nathaniel Rowland after she mistakenly got into his car after a night of drinking in Columbia in 2019, prosecutors told the jury, according to NBC News.
Jurors will be shown security video, cellphone data and a murder weapon that connects Rowland, 27, to the death of the University of South Carolina senior, prosecutors said, according to the report.
“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.
“And he’s been indicted for possession of a weapon from the commission of a violent crime. And at the appropriate time,