Both North Carolina men accused of drugging and raping 24-year-old tourist during spring break in Miami Beach more earlier this year are now facing charges of first degree murder.
Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 25, both from Greensboro, were found this week by a grand jury in Miami County -Dade for being responsible for fentanyl- caused the death of Christine Englehardt of Richboro, Pa. On March 18. The two men are still imprisoned in Miami.
Englehardt met the men on a visit to South Beach and accompanied them to his room at the hAlbion Hotel, prosecutors said, before she was found dead.
Evoire Collier, center, and Dorian Taylor now face murder charges in the death of Christine En glehardt. ((Englehardt family; police of Miami Beach))
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A three page grand jury report accuses couple of killing Englehardt with their "illegal distribution of fentanyl " while committing sexual violence and robbery . The men would have taken the busesyour credit cards from Englehardt and allegedly made illegal purchases at SOBE Liquors and Sugar Factory.
Authorities said surveillance footage captured the men entering the hotel with Englehardt and then leaving without her. An arrest report says Collier confessed to giving Englehardt a green pill and claimed they sexually assaulted her in the hotel room while she lay unconscious.
The Miami-Dade medical examiner determined that the pills Englehardt ingested were "quickly lethal" fentanyl. The autopsy also found that his blood alcohol level at the time of his death hovered around 0.2%, nearly three times the legal limit for driving, reported the Miami Herald.
According to Englehardt 's Facebook page, she was the deputy director at JulesThin Crust , a pizzeria in Philadelphia.
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In July, on medical examiner said Englehardt died from a " prone position or face down, "while he was under the influence of fentanyl and ethanol, "People magazine reported.
" Although the concentration of fentanyl detected was fatal, a component of asphyxia positional, with his face sunk into soft bedding as a result of physical restraint and / or chemical deficiency to facilitate sexual assault, cannot be ruled out "clarified the medical examiner at the time.
But Collier's attorney, Phil Reizenstein, told the Miami Herald he was "stunned " by the murder indictment.
He claims that the medical examiner discovered that Englehardt had ingested so many different drugs that it was almost impossible to determine the cause of his death.
"I think they will regret doing this ", said Reizenstein. "I think by the time I'm done with them, they'll never be able to say she died of this.
The grand jury also added a charge first degree murder against Taylor for providing the same opioid to Walter Riley, 21, of Chicago. He was found unconscious on a nearby street and died on March 20, two days after Englehardt was found unconscious in her hotel room, the Miami Herald reported.
Bradford Betz of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.