Jury selection begins for man accused in death of NJ woman who mistook car for Uber

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina -- Jury enactment began Monday successful the transgression proceedings of a antheral accused of the 2019 sidesplitting of the South Carolina pistillate who got into his car reasoning it was her Uber ride.

Nathaniel Rowland is accused of kidnapping and sidesplitting 21-year-old Samantha Josephson of Robbinsville, New Jersey.

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The University of South Carolina pupil got into Rowland's car successful Columbia's Five Points amusement territory and was trapped determination due to the fact that helium had turned connected the kid locks successful his backseat truthful the doors could lone beryllium opened from the outside, authorities said.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook besides said investigators recovered the victim's humor and cellphone successful Rowland's vehicle. Her assemblage was recovered successful woods disconnected a ungraded roadworthy successful Clarendon County astir 65 miles distant with wounds to her head, neck, face, precocious body, limb and foot.

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Rowland could look up to beingness without parole successful situation if convicted of murder. Prosecutors person indicated they would not prosecute the decease penalty, quality outlets reported.

Rowland has been successful the Richland County jailhouse since his 2019 arrest.

Josephson's decease drew nationalist attraction to rideshare information and prompted immoderate changes, including much salient displays of operator licence plates.

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