A jury convicted of murdering a man A student at the University of South Carolina who mistaken him for an Uber driver While out the night two years ago, the judge sentenced him to life imprisonment.
Nathaniel David Roland was convicted of murdering and kidnapping Samantha Josephson and possessing weapons during a violent crime on Tuesday. The jury returned with a unanimous verdict after two hours of deliberation. According to NBC affiliate WIS..
The decision was made by Circuit Judge Clifton Newman shortly after Roland’s conviction on Tuesday.
“For those who ask me for generosity, it’s not part of my DNA,” Newton said. He sentenced Roland to life imprisonment.
Roland was allowed to speak during the judgment process in which he remained innocent.
“But I don’t think what I know and what I think is really important,” Roland said. “Instead of detaining me and proving guilt, I wish the state could know more about who the real person was.”
Newton characterized Roland as “ruthless” and called it the “most serious” murder he had previously seen in court. The judge added that all paths of evidence point to Roland and he is pleased with the prosecution’s presentation in court.
“Each has a thousand paths leading to you,” Newton said. “All evidence, each spot of evidence, not only goes beyond reasonable doubt, but also shows all your guilt as the highest level required by law.”
21-year-old Josephson went out with a friend in Columbia, South Carolina in 2019. She accidentally got into the wrong car and went missing. Her roommate, who was with her that night but broke up, filed a report of the missing person with the Colombian police after she could not be contacted the next afternoon.
She suffered head, neck, face, upper body, leg and leg injuries and was killed by two hunters in a forest area off a dirt road in Clarendon County, about 65 miles from Colombia. It was discovered.
Originally from New Jersey, Josephson was embarrassed to earn a degree in political science from the University of South Carolina for just a few months and planned to continue his education at law school.
Prosecutor Roland at last week’s trial “His eyes were firmly anchored in Samantha Josephson,” when she left the Birddog Lounge alone to order Uber’s house.
Fifth circuit lawyer Byron Gipson said he would provide the jury with evidence of security videos, cell phone tracking data, murder weapons, and other convictions leading to conviction.
“Nathaniel David Roland was charged with kidnapping Samantha Josephson for intentional, intentional, violent, cruel, and malicious acts,” Gipson said.
Josephson’s blood and cell phone were found in Roland’s car, the Black Chevrolet Impala, officials said. Investigators believe that Josephson was unable to escape because Roland’s child safety lock was activated after she accidentally got into the car.
Roland’s lawyer, Tracy Pinnock, claimed that crime scene investigators could not find any DNA evidence linking Roland to the murder.
“Dear ladies, I’d like you to hear this number again, it’s zero,” Pinock said. “It’s the amount of Samantha Josephson’s body DNA that matches Nathaniel Roland. Zero. It’s not in her clothes. It’s not under her torn finger claws. It’s on her ankles. there is no.”