Authorities said Josephson, 21, a native of Robbinsville, New Jersey, was in Columbia's Five Points entertainment district when she got into Nathaniel Rowland's black Chevrolet Impala, believing it was her ride home.
Fifth Circuit Solicitor Byron Gipson told jurors that they would be shown security video, cellphone tracking data, the murder weapon and other incriminating evidence that would lead to a finding of guilty.
"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," Gipson said.
"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 on guilty on each one of those counts," Gipson said.