Witness: Man accused in Uber killing of NJ college student cleaned out car with bleach


Defendant Nathaniel Rowland speaks with his attorney, Alicia Goode, right, during his trial in Richland County Court, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Rowland is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson. (Tracy Glantz/The State via AP)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A witness has testified that the South Carolina man accused of killing a woman who mistook his vehicle for her Uber ride later cleaned blood out of the car with bleach.

Nathaniel Rowland is standing trial on kidnapping and murder charges in the 2019 death of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson of Robbinsville, New Jersey.

Police officers also testified Wednesday about Rowland’s arrest hours after Josephson was seen getting in his car. Prosecutors say Rowland locked Josephson in his car before her body was found, covered with stab wounds.

Rowland’s attorneys say none of the DNA evidence on the victim’s body matches Rowland’s.

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