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Columbia, South Carolina (WSPA) — On Friday, when a man charged with abducting and killing a student at the University of South Carolina was tried in 2019, the state brought various witnesses to the stand.
Some of those witnesses testified as experts in cell phone tracking, blood, prints, and DNA.
Mobile phone data shows Roland’s suspicious movement
One of the former agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Department (SLED) testified as an expert in tracking mobile phone data. A former agent said that phones belonging to Roland and Josephson were connected to the same cell tower in the Colombian region. Using this data, he says both phones could be in the Five Pointz district the night she was kidnapped.
A former agent testified that the time was around 2 am. A surveillance video outside the bar where Josephson was was showing her stepping into a black Chevrolet Impala. Prosecutors say this is a Roland car.
According to a former agent, both phones were pinged east from the 5 Pointz area. At some point, Josephson’s phone lost its signal and did not connect to another mobile tower until late that morning on Monticello Road, Colombia, according to court testimony.
Roland’s phone is being tracked east to Clarendon County, where experts testified. Prosecutors said this indicated that Roland was in a common area where Josephson’s body was found in Newsion.
Later that morning, Roland’s phone is tracked west towards Samter and Colombia. Prosecutors say surveillance videos from two ATMs show a black man trying to withdraw money using a Josephson debit card when Roland’s phone was pinged in these areas. Said. According to a video show in court, the man is covering his face. The defense argues that there is no way to know that it is Roland. They also pointed out to the jury that tracking data from the cell tower could not pinpoint the exact location.
The “very strong support” DNA found in multi-tool blades belongs to Josephson
A SLED forensic scientist stood up Friday afternoon. She testified in court that Josephson’s DNA was found in the multi-tool blades collected as evidence. The multi-tool was found in a trash can outside the woman’s house that Roland was allegedly dating in 2019.
There was also “weak” support for Roland’s DNA found in the multi-tool. The state claims that this is a murder weapon that has stabbed Josephson more than 100 times.
According to investigators, the blade had blood and hair. According to testimony, there was “very strong support” in Josephson’s hair. Scientists also said Roland’s car had “very strong support” blood that contained Josephson’s DNA.
During her testimony, scientists said Josephson’s DNA was found under Roland’s fingernails.
Under Josephson’s fingernail, the DNA of an unidentified man was found. The defense said Roland did not kill Josephson because she could not find Josephson’s DNA.
Roland’s leading lawyer also asked scientists about DNA samples that were never identified. Scientists told the jury that Roland’s steering wheel and gearshift had the DNA of a third unidentified person.
The trial will resume on Monday morning at 6:30.
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