Mother of slain UofSC student: ‘Don’t ever forget her name. Samantha Josephson’; suspect no-show in court

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said that the State Law Enforcement Division is charging...
Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said that the State Law Enforcement Division is charging Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, with kidnapping and murder in Josephson's death. (Source: Columbia Police Department)
Updated: Apr. 1, 2019 at 11:30 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The suspect charged in the kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old college student Samantha Josephson waived his right to a Sunday court hearing, while her family made a statement during the proceedings.

Nathaniel David Rowland did not appear before a judge on Sunday, with his case being moved to general sessions. A judge in general sessions court will have to decide if a bond will be given.

Despite not being in front of a judge, Josephson’s family was present during the proceedings. Samantha’s mother, Marci, read a statement before the judge. Her full statement is as follows:

There are no words to describe the immense pain, his actions have caused our family and friends. He’s taken away a piece of our heart, soul and life. Shame on him. We thought he would be here to see his evil face. I can not fathom how someone could randomly select a person, a beautiful girl and steal her life away. His actions were senseless, vile and unacceptable. It sickens us to think that his face was the last thing that my baby girl saw on this earth. Does he even know her name? My daughter Samantha Josephson, more affectionately known to her family as sweet pea. Let me tell you about my daughter. Samantha was bubbly, loving, kind and full of life. She had a plan. She worked hard, was graduating from college in May and starting law school in September. Unlike him, Samantha valued human life and could never harm another soul. Unlike him, Samantha had love within her heart and purpose in her life, the life he brutally ended. He took away our daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin and a friend to so many. His selfish, unspeakable and violent actions have created a hole in the universe. A hole in our universe and we see the unimaginable ripple, affect her world. I implore the court to deny bail, or the posting of a bond. He should never be given the right to walk free again for what he did to my daughter, or given the opportunity to hurt anyone else. Samantha Josephson. My daughter’s name is Samantha Josephson. Don’t ever forget her name. Samantha Josephson. Shame on him.

Marci Josephson, mother of slain UofSC student Samantha Josephson on March 31

You can watch the speech here:

Marci Josephson speech in court

During a press conference on Saturday, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said Josephson appeared to be waiting for an Uber she ordered to take her home. She was last seen on surveillance cameras outside of a bar on Harden Street in the early morning hours of March 29.

However, police say, she entered a car that surveillance footage shows stopped where she was waiting and got inside.

Josephson’s friends reported her missing to Columbia police on Friday morning when she didn’t return home and did not answer their phone calls.

Josephson’s body was discovered by two turkey hunters in a secluded area off Black Bottom Road in New Zion, SC, 70 miles from Columbia in Clarendon County.

USC Student Samantha Josephson.
USC Student Samantha Josephson.

Rowland was arrested after fleeing a traffic stop early Saturday morning just a few blocks from Five Points. During the stop, officers observed blood in the car later identified as Josephson’s. Further investigation of the car showed more blood, her cellphone, bleach, wipes and window cleaner, Holbrook said.

Josephson was a 21-year-old political science major at the University of South Carolina from Robbinsville, NJ and an aspiring lawyer.

According to jail logs, Rowland had been given an $872.50 personal recognizance bond on the failure to stop on police command and drug possession charge. He remains jailed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. His next court appearance is April 22.

Check back for more updates.

24-year-old man charged with kidnapping, murder of UofSC student Samantha Josephson

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