2 Men Charged With Murder in Spring Break 'Green Pill' Overdose Deaths

Two North Carolina men were charged Wednesday of murder of a 24-year-old tourist who overdosed during spring break in Miami Beach when they gave her a green pill with unspecified contents, the Associated Press reported.

NBC News of Miami reported Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer said one of the defendants admitted to giving a woman, identified as Christine Englehardt, the green pill with the character "a30" on it. It was not clear what was in the pill at the time but was later revealed to be a fatal dose of fentanyl, an opioid.

A grand jury in Miami-Dade County found the defendants—Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 25, both from Greensboro, North Carolina—responsible for the fentanyl-induced death of Englehardt of Richboro, Pennsylvania. She met with the men while visiting South Beach, and went with them to her room at the Albion Hotel, according to prosecutors.

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2 Men Charged With Murder Opioids Case
Two men from North Carolina were charged with murder after one admitted to giving a victim a green pill with lethal amounts of the opioid fentanyl. Tablets believed to be laced with fentanyl are displayed at the Drug Enforcement Administration Northeast Regional Laboratory on October 8, 2019 in New York. Don Emmert/Getty Images

The grand jury added a second first-degree murder charge against Taylor for supplying the same opioid to Walter Riley, 21, from Chicago. He was found unconscious on a nearby street and died March 20, two days after Englehardt was found unresponsive in her hotel room, the Miami Herald reported.

The three-page grand jury report accuses the pair of killing Englehardt with their "unlawful distribution of fentanyl" while committing sexual battery and burglary. The men allegedly took Englehardt's credit cards and made illegal purchases at SOBE Liquors and the Sugar Factory.

Collier's attorney, Phil Reizenstein, told the Herald he's "stunned" by the indictment. He said the medical examiner found Englehardt had ingested so many different drugs that it was nearly impossible to pin down what caused her death.

"I think they're going to regret doing this," said Reizenstein. "I think by the time I'm finished with them, they're never going to be able to say she died of this."

Taylor's attorney, Liesbeth Boot, couldn't be reached.

The men remain jailed in Miami. They were arrested March 21, according to jail records.

Authorities said surveillance video captured the men entering the hotel with Englehardt and later leaving without her. An arrest report said Collier confessed to giving Englehardt a green pill and claimed they sexually assaulted her in the hotel room even as she lay unconscious.

The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner determined the pills ingested by Englehardt were "rapidly fatal" fentanyl. The autopsy also found that her alcohol level when she died hovered near 2.0, almost three times the legal limit, and asphyxia may have played a role in her death, the Herald reported.

2 Men Charged With Murder Opioid Case
The incident occurred over spring break back in March in Miami Beach. Both Evoire Collier and Dorian Taylor were charged with Christine Englehardt's murder. In an aerial view from a drone, Boats are anchored off of the closed beach on July 4, 2020 in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Florida. Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images