The mother of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson made an emotional plea to a judge asking him to sentence her daughter’s alleged killer to life.
As Dearly previously reported, Josephson was found dead by a group of hunters on March 29 after authorities believe she mistook a random Chevy Impala for the Uber ride she called that same morning.
Police have since released the surveillance footage showing Josephson getting into a car after becoming separated from her roommates while out at a local bar near the University of South Carolina, where she was a student:
She reportedly was found with multiple injuries to “her head, neck, face, upper body, leg, and foot.”
Around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, a 24-year-old man named Nathaniel Rowland was arrested in connection with Josephson’s death following a traffic stop made by an officer just one block from the last place she was seen.
Blood, Josephson’s phone, and multiple cleaning products were found inside Rowland’s vehicle. The car’s child safety locks were also found to have been activated.
The investigation regarding USC student Samantha Josephson is now a homicide case. Her body was found by hunters in rural Clarendon Co. late yesterday afternoon. Suspect Nathaniel Rowland has been charged w/ Murder & Kidnapping by SLED. Agents have been an integral part in case. pic.twitter.com/2tj8TVRAex
— Columbia Police Dept (@ColumbiaPDSC) March 30, 2019
Now, Josephson’s mother, Marci, has made a plea for Rowland to spend his life behind bars, according to CBS News:
“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 cannot 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?”
According to WCSC, Marci continued by saying Rowland should never walk free again:
“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.”
Rowland was not present in the courtroom to hear Marci’s speech.