Man sentenced to life in prison for brutally murdering college student who mistook his car for Uber

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Defendant Nathaniel Rowland speaks with his attorney, Alicia Goode, right, during his trial in Richland County Court, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Rowland is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson. (Tracy Glantz/The State via AP)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to life in prison for abducting and murdering the woman who mistook his car for her Uber ride in 2019. A jury on Tuesday found Nathaniel Rowland guilty in the death of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson.

The prosecution urged a jury in closing arguments earlier Tuesday to convict Rowland on murder and kidnapping charges.

The 21-year-old University of South Carolina student went missing from Columbia on March 29, 2019. Her body was found less than a day later in remote woods.

The prosecution also rested its case Monday after a pathologist testified there were more than 100 stab wounds on the victim’s body. Prosecutors said Rowland had trapped Josephson in the car with childproof locks that could only be opened from the outside.

Defense attorneys argued the case against Rowland was circumstantial.

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