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Samantha Josephson: Trial begins over killing of student who ‘got into car thinking it was her Uber’

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The trial has begun of a South Carolina man accused of the 2019 killing of USC student Samantha Josephson, who prosecutors say got into his car thinking it was her Uber ride.

Nathaniel Rowland allegedly stabbed and cut the 21-year-old student more than 100 times before dumping her body in a field in Clarendon County, about 65 miles away, with wounds to her head, neck, face, upper body, leg and foot.

The accused appeared in court on Tuesday, where he pled not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors previewed evidence and testimony that they say includes surveillance camera footage of the student entering Mr Rowland’s black Chevrolet Impala outside the Five Points bar in Columbia.

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The prosecution also said it has a witness who saw the accused cleaning a blade after the killing.

Byron Gipson, a fifth circuit solicitor, told the jurors that the surveillance cameras saw the 24-year-old driver circling around the block multiple times before picking up Josephson.

Samantha Josephson: Trial begins over killing of student who ‘got into car thinking it was her Uber

“As she stood there waiting for that Uber, he had his eyes firmly transfixed on her,” he said according to NBC. “It’s those intentional, deliberate, heinous, cruel and malicious acts that Nathaniel David Rowland has been indicted for kidnapping Samantha Josephson. He’s been indicted for murdering Samantha Josephson.

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“And he’s been indicted for possession of a weapon from the commission of a violent crime. And at the appropriate time, we’ll ask that you return verdicts of guilty on each one of those counts,” Mr Gipson said during his opening statement.

Mr Rowland’s public defender Alicia Goode told the court that none of the DNA evidence collected from the victim matches the accused.

“Zero. That’s the amount of DNA on Samantha Josephson’s body that matches Nathaniel’s,” she said. “Zero. It’s not on her clothing, not under her ripped and torn fingernails, it’s not on her ankles.”

Mr Rowland could face up to life in prison without parole if convicted of the murder. He has been in the Richland County jail since his arrest on suspicion of murder and kidnapping in 2019.

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According to news reports, he attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended by officers after a short chase.

At the time, police said the victim’s blood, as well as her mobile phone and cleaning products, were found inside his car. The child safety locks were also activated, which would make it difficult for the senior political science major to open the car from the inside.

The incident drew national attention in 2019 and prompted some changes when it comes to ride-sharing apps, including more prominent displays of driver licence plates.

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Bill, Melinda Gates Officially Divorce As Ex-Wife Claims $76billion.

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Microsoft founder and tech billionaire, Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda French Gates have officially divorced after 27 years of marriage.

This is coming after a judge approved their split on Monday.

The couple’s divorce agreement was pursuant to a separation contract, which is not public.

Neither person will pay spousal support, according to court documents filed Monday. No other financial details are included in publicly available documents.

Also Melinda does not plan to change her name, according to the documents.

Bill and Melinda began dating in 1987 after meeting at a New York trade show, and she’d go on to work in marketing for Microsoft and be appointed as General Manager of Information Products in the early ’90s.

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The couple wed on January 1, 1994, in Hawaii and Melinda left the company in 1996 to focus on starting their family.

Melinda got $76billion from Bill Gates as a result of the divorce. She got more money from Bill Gates than Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, Mackenzie got through divorce, which was only $60billion.

Bill, Melinda Gates Officially Divorce As Ex-Wife Claims $76billion.

Bill and Melinda have three adult children, Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe, and reside in their huge, earth-sheltered family mansion, dubbed Xanadu 2.0, overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, WA.

Along with being mega-rich, the duo is widely known for their philanthropic efforts ever since launching the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. It was estimated in 2014 that they had donated $28billion to the foundation, a number that’s only skyrocketed in recent years.

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For instance, the Gates Foundation made a contribution of $250million in late 2020 to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gates’ net worth is estimated at more than $130billion.

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U.K Ready To Help Nigeria Fight Insecurity – Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson, UK prime minister, says his country is available to help Nigeria in fighting insecurity.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesperson, Johnson gave President Muhammadu Buhari the assurance on Thursday at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London, UK.

Adesina said Buhari and Johnson assessed the war against different forms of terrorism in Nigeria and agreed that the judicial process must be allowed to run its course.

He said the two leaders concluded that it is important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who’s involved.

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Buhari briefed the UK prime minister on Nigeria’s power needs and efforts being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security.
He also reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country.

U.K Ready To Help Nigeria Fight Insecurity – Boris Johnson

On his part, Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to lend a helping hand.

“We are available to help,” Adesina quoted him as saying.
The leaders also discussed the leadership of the Commonwealth, how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, and other issues.
Buhari had on Monday travelled to London to participate in the summit.
The summit is co-hosted by Boris Johnson and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

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After the summit, the president is expected to spend a few days in London for an earlier scheduled medical check-up and is due back by the second week of August..

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Terrorism: Buhari, PM Boris Agree To Let Judicial Process Run Its Course

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain Thursday, appraised the war against different forms of terrorism in Nigeria, and agreed that the judicial process be allowed to run its course.

Holding bilateral talks at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London, the two leaders said it was important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who was involved.
President Buhari briefed the Prime Minister on Nigeria’s power needs and efforts being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security.

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He also reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country, while PM Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to lend a helping hand.

“We are available to help,” he said.
The two leaders equally discussed how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, leadership of the Commonwealth going forward and other matters of mutual interest.

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