Miami, FL – Two men are being held without bond in connection with the rape and death of a 24-year-old nursing student from Pennsylvania who was on Spring Break in South Beach.
Christine Englehardt travelled alone to Florida in March during a break from classes at Bucks Community College, the Miami Herald reported.
But on March 18, she met two men in a South Beach bar who had bad intentions.
Police said that 21-year-old Evoire Collier and 24-year-old Dorian Taylor befriended Englehardt at a restaurant and gave her a green pill, the Miami Herald reported.
It’s not yet known whether Englehardt took the pill voluntarily or if it was slipped into a drink.
Police said that toxicology would show what role the substances may have played in her death, the Miami Herald reported.
“The fact that the victim was under the influence of alcohol and narcotics, she could not have consented to sex with the defendants,” according to the police report.
The police report said that surveillance cameras along the route and at her hotel showed that Englehardt was already unsteady and under the influence of something powerful, the Miami Herald reported.
Surveillance video from security cameras at the Albion Hotel where Englehardt stayed showed Taylor holding the woman up as they got onto the elevator.
Miami Beach Detective Luis Alsina testified that Englehardt was staggering so badly that Taylor had actually propped her up to walk her into the hotel, according to The Sun.
“The defendant was holding her from behind, holding her by the neck so she could stand,” Det. Alsina told the judge.
The police report said that Collier and Taylor raped Englehardt multiple times and after she had lost consciousness, they stole her cell phone and credit cards and left her half-naked and dying on the floor, the Miami Herald reported.
“They had sex with her multiple times and once she was unconscious, or out, they remained inside the unit. Did not call for assistance or help and began to take all her items from inside the apartment,” Miami Police Detective Luis Alsina told reporters, according to WFOR.
Englehardt was found half-naked by hotel staff the next day and pronounced dead at the scene, the Miami Herald reported.
Miami Beach police used hotel security footage to identify the suspects.
Police said they made purchases all over Miami using Englehardt’s credit cards, the Miami Herald reported.
Taylor was carrying the dead woman’s cell phone and more of the green pills on his person when he was arrested.
When he was arrested, Collier was wearing the same pants he’d had on in the hotel security footage with Englehardt, WFOR reported.
He confessed to everything when he was confronted by the police, the Miami Herald reported.
Police said Taylor did not confess and pleaded not guilty through his attorney, WFOR reported.
“The victim couldn’t pick even up a phone to call police or 911 after they did whatever they did to her,” Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer said during their hearing.
The judge ordered both men held without bond, WFOR reported.
“I’m not setting a bond. This is a very serious charge, you batter a helpless victim,” Glazer said.
Collier’s arraignment is scheduled for April 5 but Taylor’s has not been scheduled yet, according to the Miami Herald.
Both men were charged with raping and drugging Englehardt, but they could also both be facing manslaughter and murder charges if the toxicology results show that the substance played a role in her death and the medical examiner declares it a homicide, WFOR reported.