Found Deceased SC - Samantha Josephson, 21, Columbia, 29 March 2019 *Arrest* - #2

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  1. cass523

    cass523 Well-Known Member

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    The Uber initiative includes an awareness campaign, new safety features in the Uber app and two campus ride programs, the company said in a press release.

    To increase awareness about rider safety, Uber is sending an email to all United States-based customers with safety tips. The company is also giving a $100,000 to the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators to educate students about rider safety, the company said in the press release. The Medical University of South Carolina, USC and Clemson University are all accredited under this organization.

    Within the app, Uber is adding a push notification to remind riders of how to check that they are getting into the correct car once they request a ride.

    For USC in particular, Uber is working with the Columbia Police Department to create designated pickup zones in Five Points, the same area where Josephson was kidnapped. Uber drivers told The Greenville News that the area is often chaotic at night.

    Uber is also adding a tool for universities to set up services for picking up students at night when other options, like campus buses, may not be operating.

    USC president Harris Pastides, who has announced his retirement, will also be joining the company's Safety Advisory Board, according to Uber.

    USC, Uber roll out new notifications as a safety measure following Samantha Josephson's death
     
  2. ilovechili

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    This is quite impressive as is Lyft's addressing of similar things.

    Considering that this was not Uber's fault or its driver in any way that we know about, not once have they even went out of their way to point that out or defend themselves, but instead have went ahead and started implementing things to improve safety.

    The fault lies with the perp(s) and no one else.

    imo.
     
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    APR 20, 2019
    After USC student’s death, Five Points bouncers hit streets to help patrons stay safe
    This weekend, when throngs of University of South Carolina students leave Five Points bars at closing time, some serious folks will have their backs.

    The 20 or so bars that are popular with the late night college crowd have agreed in writing to have their door staff on the streets, available to escort patrons to their ride-share and look out for signs of trouble.

    The pledge comes after the horrific killing of USC co-ed Samantha Josephson on March 29. The effort was launched by FL, the head bouncer at Taneyhilll’s Group Therapy, which has operated in Five Points since 1978.

    [...]

    FL, over the course of a couple of nights last week, met with bar owners, managers and head doormen in the popular entertainment district and presented them with the pledge he had written himself.

    All but one signed, but only because that owner is having it reviewed by his attorney, Taneyhill said. The State has reached out to that bar owner.

    [...]

    According to Ludwig’s pledge, for the first hour after closing time, all available door staff will be available to walk patrons to their cars.

    “We will wait with you for your Uber or Lyft, and verify that the driver is the operator provided by the ride-share service,” the pledge says.

    [...]
     
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    This is awesome! Nothing will bring her back but what a great idea to help keep others safe in the future.
     
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    I was watching my DVR recordings of Nightline and wanted to share this one. The Josephson's did an interview on April 17th, with Byron Pitts, if anyone would like to view it. It is more in depth than the one shown on GMA

     
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    It just occurred to me that had NR been stopped by LE an hour or two earlier that evening, his arrest might've been captured by LIVEPD. It's a very real possibility because he initially ran from LE, and they almost always cut to the pursuit of a fleeing suspect.
     
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    So what does this mean?

    Do they not have enough to charge him with?
     
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    I think all this means is that the scheduled hearing did not follow proper procedure. He has to have a bond hearing before he can appear before a judge for whatever they called his appearance today. He has not yet had a bond hearing. That was probably something that the lowliest clerk in the prosecutor's office knew.

    The odd thing is, I recall that he did, in fact, have a bond hearing. That was when Samantha Josephson's parents were allowed to make a statement. The mother was asking the judge not to release the defendant and give him another opportunity to harm an innocent person. Her words have been published several times. That statement would have made no sense unless offered to persuade the judge on bond. But in spite of that, a bond was not set.
     
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    You are correct, at the bottom of this article Next hearing date for suspect in USC student's killing still unclear it says "He (NR) was set to appear at bond hearing on March 31, but waived his right to be there. 'Shame on him.' That's what Samantha's mother Marci Josephson had to say about Rowland's absence. 'We'd like him to be here, to see his evil face,' she continued. Marci, along with Samantha's father Seymour Josephson, both spoke at the hearing. They described their daughter as 'full of life,' saying the suspect has 'taken away a piece of our heart, soul, and life.'"

    I'm so confused, can someone explain what's going on here?? Oh I hope nothing has happened, un-filed paperwork, human error, etc. that will let this monster back out on the streets.
     
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    I imagine the state is looking for more evidence to tie Nathaniel Rowland to other crimes with similar MO. This could not have been the first time this man committed this crime. He moved like someone with experience, or who had at least fantasized about committing this type of crime.
     
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    This is so weird.

    First there was no mug shot of THIS arrest. Why not- were there obvious scratches or marks on his face that would indicate a huge struggle? Was this intentional to protect the alleged perp, so as not to "prejudice" a jury?

    Then this mess up with the bail hearing.

    Samantha's family must be furious over all this.
     
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    Not sure why the circuit court held out on 4/22/19?

    NR initial bond hearing on Sunday, 3/31/19-- where SJ's parent's appeared, and requested the judge deny bail or the posting of a bond. NR was not present, and bail not decided on Sunday. Instead the Judge said he'd let a circuit court judge make this decision. I believe the circuit court simply needed to formally deny bail this week.

    Nonetheless, NR's preliminary hearing is now scheduled for May 9.

    Man accused in Josephson case doesn't appear in court, but his barber does
     
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    As far as the mugshot, it's safe to assume a policy that if there is already a mugshot on file from within the past six months, or even a year, then there is no need for a new one. Would the police suppress a mug shot that is filled with telltale evidence, in order to protect the rights of the accused? An intriguing question. If his face is scratched or marked, as we are imagining, then this has been seen by many people who have processed the accused or otherwise been around him in jail. Am I naive to think this significant indication would have leaked out? Okay, who knows?

    At this point, we know there is evidence to charge him with accessory before the fact of murder (his car), accessory after the fact of murder (intention to clean up the car, destroy evidence), and obstruction of justice. But we know of nothing tying him directly to the murder, e.g. DNA or fingerprints. My mind remains open to the possibility of a third person involved, and it could be that one who committed the murder. If so, then the brutal murderer is not in jail.

    Ultimately, the delay probably has no strategic importance to either side. The same thing that was going to happen then will still happen later.
     
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    For those who have asked about NR's mugshot, or lack thereof, here's a little info on why you won't see mugshots in Richland County.

    Charleston sheriff unplugs mugshot websites

     
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    Where was the blood found in the car? What makes you think she was in the trunk at all?
     
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    In a small town. everyone is an acquaintance from High School...
     
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