Josephson, a native of Robbinsville, New Jersey, was reported missing by her friends after disappearing shortly around 2:00 a.m. EDT on Friday.
Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook confirmed the charges during a news conference on Saturday evening, local time (Sunday morning GMT).
A college student whose body was found in a field hours after she got into a vehicle she mistakenly thought was her Uber ride died from multiple sharp force injuries, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said Monday. Police were able to identify the vehicle from surveillance footage.
Chief Holbrook said the vehicle's child lock system had been activated, and that would have made it hard for the victim to exit the auto after she got in.
Driver Nathaniel David Rowland trapped Josephson inside his vehicle using the car's child-safety locks and later murdered her, according to police. Rowland was also in possession of a small amount of marijuana. He is being held in jail in Columbia. During the stop, officers observed blood in the auto later identified as Josephson's. Police found Josephson's blood and her cell phone in Rowland's vehicle after his arrest, police said.
"If there is somebody else in that auto, there is actually a chance", said Seymour Josephson, who said he planned to speak to ridesharing services about better-identifying their vehicles. Investigators also discovered that the child locks were enabled so Josephson would have been trapped in the back seat of the auto, the Associated Press reports.
Arrest warrants say after Josephson got into his auto early Friday, Rowland attacked her, causing numerous wounds to her head, neck, face, upper body, leg, and foot. "There is nothing tougher than to stand before a family and explain how a loved one was murdered", he said. It's really upsetting, but I think you need to be careful wherever you go.
Seymour Josephson said his daughter loved USC.
Mr Holbrook added: "Our hearts are broken". Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be for gotten (sic). "She was one of the brightest young stars", McMaster wrote.
Those who knew Josephson described the political science major as energetic and selfless.
Her mother gave an emotional statement in court Sunday.
"Unlike him, Samantha valued human life, and could never harm another soul", Marci Josephson said. Shame on him. We elected to be here to see his evil face. I cannot fathom how someone could randomly select a person, a attractive girl, and steal her life away.
She described Rowland's alleged actions as senseless and vile. Her parents told People magazine that she was going to attend Drexel University in pursuit of a law degree, and they had put down a deposit shortly before her death. "He took away our daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin and a friend to so many. A hole in our universe and we see the unimaginable ripple, affect her world". "Samantha was by herself, she had absolutely no chance".
Rowland's case will be moved to general session court, which handles felony and misdemeanor criminal cases.
"Peggy and I are devastated and crushed over the Josephson family losing their attractive daughter Samantha". Don't ever forget her name.
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