A South Carolina college scholar was stabbed greater than 100 occasions by a person who attacked her after she mistakenly thought his automobile was an Uber trip, a homicide trial was informed.
Nathaniel Rowland is on trial for the homicide and kidnapping of Samantha Josephson, which is now in its second week in Richland County Courtroom.
The scholar bought into his automobile in March 2019 considering it was her Uber trip again to her home, in response to prosecutors.
Pathologist Dr Thomas Beaver, who performed an examination on Ms Josephson’s physique, testified on Monday.
He stated there was so little blood left within the 21-year-old’s physique – simply 20ml (1.3 tablespoons) when a physique sometimes has not less than 4 litres – that employees at her post-mortem struggled to get sufficient blood for routine testing.
Dr Beaver spent an hour methodically detailing the roughly 120 separate stab wounds on the scholar’s physique to the courtroom.
He stated he didn’t have an actual quantity as a result of there have been so many.
“It will get to a degree the place it actually would not add a lot to the report,” Dr Beaver informed jurors.
He stated virtually all of the stab wounds had been to Ms Josephson’s head, arms, chest and again.
“There have been a number of accidents”, he stated, including he took 170 photographs and 13 X-rays.
A number of of the injuries penetrated into her mind or neck and would have been deadly, he stated.
Earlier, the prosecution linked Ms Josephson’s blood to areas throughout Rowland’s Chevrolet Impala, in addition to a knife with two blades and cleansing provides in a garbage bin behind his girlfriend’s dwelling and on a sock and bandana owned by Rowland.
The prosecution has additionally used scientific proof towards Rowland, from matching a footprint discovered on a rear window of his car to Ms Josephson, to cell phone knowledge displaying he was within the space the place her physique was discovered round 65 miles (105km) from the place she was final seen.
One other witness stated DNA discovered below the accused killer’s fingernails matched Ms Josephson’s genetic materials.
Earlier testimony noticed Rowland’s legal professionals declaring that scientists weren’t completely sure Rowland’s DNA was on the knife and his genetic materials was not in different places it is perhaps anticipated.
The defence’s questioning has additionally revealed that whereas the scholar appeared to struggle her attacker – she had a number of stab wounds that went all over her fingers – none of Rowland’s DNA was discovered on her or below her fingernails.
No seen marks had been discovered on Rowland after his arrest.
Rowland faces as much as life in jail if convicted – and prosecutors determined towards selecting the loss of life penalty.
Ms Josephson’s homicide led to some modifications to ride-hailing security, together with extra distinguished shows of driver’s license plates.