A forensic scientist says she discovered what is sort of positively the sufferer’s DNA beneath the fingernails of the South Carolina man accused of killing a lady who mistook his automobile for her Uber trip
Prosecutors known as a number of legislation enforcement specialists to the witness stand on the finish of the primary week of trial for Nathaniel Rowland, who faces homicide and kidnapping fees within the dying of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson.
The College of South Carolina pupil from Robbinsville, New Jersey, disappeared from Columbia’s 5 Factors leisure district one evening in March 2019. Her physique was later present in distant woods some 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Columbia.
Her physique had greater than 100 wounds to the face, neck and different components of the physique — a dying that turned a nationwide highlight on ride-hailing security and led to some adjustments, together with extra outstanding shows of driver license plates.
Prosecutors have argued that Rowland trapped Josephson within the again seat of his black Chevrolet Impala utilizing the backseat childproof locks. Investigators stated they subsequently discovered the sufferer’s blood and cellphone in Rowland’s automobile.
Ryan Dewane, a forensic scientist with the State Legislation Enforcement Division, stated there was “very sturdy assist” that DNA discovered beneath Rowland’s nails belonged to Josephson.
The sufferer’s DNA additionally was probably discovered on a sock and a bandanna belonging to Rowland, in addition to on a bladed multitool alleged to be the homicide weapon, Dewane informed jurors.
Each Rowland and Josephson’s DNA have been probably recognized on gloves present in a trash can on the dwelling of Rowland’s girlfriend on the time, Dewayne stated.
Although Josephson’s fingernails additionally have been swabbed, testing didn’t point out Rowland’s DNA was current, the forensic scientist stated. The assessments did point out DNA belonging to 2 male people beneath a number of the sufferer’s fingernails.
Rowland’s attorneys have stated that though Josephson appeared to battle again towards her attacker, none of Rowland’s DNA was discovered on her physique, and no seen marks have been discovered on Rowland after his arrest.
SLED agent Eric Grabsky testified earlier Friday on cellphone information displaying Rowland’s cellphone linked with cell towers within the 5 Factors space on the time of Josephson’s disappearance. The information confirmed Rowland’s cellphone then moved towards the world the place Josephson’s physique was ultimately discovered.