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Two North Carolina men have been charged in Florida this week with murder for the rape and overdose death of a tourist, while one of them has also been charged with the murder of a second tourist, who also died of an overdose from drugs allegedly acquired by him during the same spring break week.
A Miami-Dade grand jury indicted Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 24, with first-degree murder on Wednesday for the March death of Pennsylvania woman Christine Englehardt, 24, the Miami Herald reports. Taylor was also indicted for first-degree murder over the fatal overdose of Chicago man Walter Riley, 21, who died just two days after Englehardt.
Both victims met the men, who were reportedly roommates, during a vacation to Miami's South Beach. Both victims died of fatal overdoses of the opioid fentanyl, prosecutors stated.
Collier and Taylor were already charged with sexual battery, burglary with battery, theft, and credit card fraud in connection with Englehardt's death at a Miami hotel. The men had allegedly admitted to giving her a “green pill,” according to an arrest report obtained in March by Oxygen.com. A Miami Beach detective testified during a hearing that month that Collier said he believed it was Percocet, a pain reliever.
Riley allegedly also said he believed he was buying Percocet from Taylor, the Herald reported. He was found unconscious on the street; later, he was taken to a hospital where he died.
Englehardt was discovered dead in a hotel room after the two men allegedly sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious. Surveillance footage reportedly shows her entering the hotel with the pair. Miami Beach Detective Luis Alsina testified in March that Englehardt was staggering so much that Taylor had to prop her up as they entered.
“The defendant was holding her from behind, holding her by the neck so she could stand,” Alsina said.
Collier’s aunt, Tanda Collier, defended her nephew to the Herald in March, claiming that he was afraid of his older roommate.
“He’s a good kid. He wouldn’t hurt a fly,” she said, adding later, “He’s an honest person. He’s gullible ... he’s not some monster. He wasn’t a predator.”
The roommates are accused of stealing Englehardt's credit cards and making purchases at a liquor store after the alleged sexual assault.
Collier’s attorney, Phil Reizenstein, told the Herald that he was “stunned” by the grand jury’s indictment, claiming that he doesn't feel it's clear that she died of a fentanyl overdose.
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