COLUMBIA – An investigator from the State Legislation Enforcement Division described from the witness stand on July 22 concerning the discovery of sheets, clothes and a multitool with knife blades, all bloody, within the rubbish container behind Nathaniel Rowland’s girlfriend’s condo after school pupil Samantha Josephson was discovered lifeless in 2019.
Through the third day of testimony in Rowland’s homicide trial, the investigator, Dalila Jazic, opened a number of packages of proof to point out jurors blood-stained sheets, towels, washcloths and bathroom paper and garments taken from the trash. The clothes the investigator held included a jacket and pants.
Jazic additionally testified concerning the obvious blood discovered on Rowland’s Jordan basketball sneakers and socks after he was booked. When questioned by Rowland’s public defender, Alicia Goode, Jazic mentioned she didn’t see any scratches or different noticeable marks on Rowland when she photographed him from head to toe.
Rowland is charged with kidnapping and killing Josephson, a College of South Carolina senior who disappeared whereas ready for an Uber after an evening of consuming with pals in Columbia’s 5 Factors. His physique was discovered hours later in a area 65 miles east within the New Zion group of Clarendon County, not removed from Rowland’s house. Rowland was arrested at 5 Factors the night time after Josephson disappeared whereas driving a Chevrolet Impala that matched the outline the USC pupil bought into.
As prosecutors continued the case on July 22, a SLED handwriting professional, Jack Jamieson, testified that he analyzed an envelope discovered by investigators in Rowland’s automotive on which somebody had written a listing that included “duct tape for all the things. the physique “, gloves, gasoline and matches.
Jamieson in contrast the letter on the envelope to samples of Rowland’s handwriting from employment information and located that the identical particular person seemingly wrote each, which is very seemingly, Jamieson mentioned. The characterization is 2 designations beneath the most secure discover.
Rowland’s public defender, legal professional Tracy Pinnock, bought Jamieson to verify that she may no more undoubtedly match the handwriting and that she had requested investigators for extra writing samples for a extra thorough comparability and acquired none.
One other SLED agent confirmed the jury pictures from Josephson’s post-mortem of the accidents to his palms and ft and the situation of his clothes. Josephson’s shirt was so soaked with blood that the colour couldn’t be discerned, the officer testified. When he got here down from the witness stand and confirmed the shirt to the jury, some members of a bunch of Josephson’s household and pals cried like tissues or bowed their heads.
Josephson’s mother and father didn’t seem like within the courtroom when the pictures had been proven. Rowland, in a blue costume shirt and darkish tie, sat on the protection desk flanked by two officers and didn’t seem to point out any noticeable response to the pictures and clothes that had been displayed.
Prosecutors additionally confirmed video of a person coming into a Columbia cellphone retailer to barter the sale of a cellphone after parking in a parking zone in a black Impala hours after Josephson’s demise.
The person, recognized by the shop proprietor in courtroom as Rowland, needed $ 300 for the cellphone. The shop’s proprietor, Osharmer Williams, related the cellphone to his laptop to learn the serial quantity and ensure the theft had not been reported.
Williams supplied the person half of what he requested for, and the person left the Monticello Highway retailer in a black Chevrolet Impala with the cellphone and no deal, Williams mentioned.
Rowland’s protection staff didn’t problem Williams on recognizing Rowland.
One other SLED investigator, Britt Dove, who analyzed information from telephones present in Rowland and on Rowland’s automotive, mentioned that GPS location information from Josephson’s cellphone the night time she disappeared confirmed that she was touring from 5 Factors to Rosewood earlier than exit. When it turned on later that morning, it was in downtown Columbia earlier than heading to Monticello Highway within the late morning.
Contact Stephen Fastenau at 803-365-3235. Observe him on Twitter @StephenFastenau.