A 24-year-old died during spring break after being drugged by two men she met in Florida. While the suspects were arrested at the time, they have now just been charged in connection to her murder.
Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 24, have also been charged with burglary with assault/battery, sexual battery of a helpless victim, credit card theft and petty theft, Local 10 reported.
Taylor faces an additional murder charge in connection with the fentanyl overdose of a second tourist, Local 10 reported.
Christine Englehardt, 24, was on vacation from Pennsylvania for spring break when she was found dead inside a room at the Albion Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, on March 18, according to Local 10.
A medical examiner ruled her cause of death as “prone positioning while under the influence of fentanyl and ethanol,” Local 10 reported.
According to authorities, Englehardt was found partly nude, drugged and raped, Local 10 reported.
Police say Collier and Taylor met the victim at a restaurant, gave her a green pill and went to her hotel, where “they had sex with her multiple times and once she was unconscious or out” the suspects “remained inside the unit and didn’t call for assistance of help and began to take her items,” according to documents obtained by Local 10.
Surveillance video allegedly shows the two men entering the hotel with the victim and later leaving without her, according to Local 10.
Taylor was later caught on surveillance cameras using Englehardt’s credit card at a South Beach liquor store, Local 10 reported.
Prosecutors say Englehardt and the second victim, Walter Riley, 21, of Chicago, both died after overdosing on fentanyl, according to Local 10.
Taylor is accused of selling fentanyl to Riley, although Riley believed he was purchasing the pain pill Percocet, according to Local 10.
Riley was found unconscious on Washington Avenue and died two days after Englehardt.
However, Collier’s attorney said he didn’t believe the medical examiner could make that determination because the autopsy showed that Englehardt had ingested various drugs before her death, Local 10 reported.
The autopsy report obtained by Local 10 does confirm there were other drugs in her system, including cocaine, lidocaine, alprazolam and ibuprofen, among others.
“To think that someone would do this to her, she was young too,” Hailey Davis, Englehardt’s friend, told Local 10. “She had her whole life still to do things and she had dreams and goals and all these things she’ll never be able to do now because of them.”