The month-long wait for FBI blood-test results for Austin Harrouff, the Jupiter teen accused of fatally stabbing two Martin County residents, is not expected to affect the charges that the Martin County Sheriff’s Office will bring in the case, a spokeswoman said Tuesday night.
Sheriff’s officials have said they intend to arrest Harrouff, 19, on two counts of first-degree murder in the Aug. 15 deaths of John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon at their home just north of the Jupiter border, and one count of attempted first-degree murder of a neighbor, Jeff Fisher, who tried to stop the attacks.
The FBI has given no timetable for when the results will be released, spokeswoman Christine C. Weiss said Tuesday night. Initial toxicology results on his blood ruled out all common illegal substances such as cocaine, marijuana and other drugs, investigators said.
The FBI is testing whether Harrouff was under the influence of substances such as bath salts and flakka, which have been tied to other violent outbursts, in an effort to explain precisely what happened that night on Southeast Kokomo Lane.
“We know they have other important cases,” she said. “We’re very grateful (for the help). We will wait as long as we have to.”
Harrouff bit Stevens in his face and abdomen, and it took multiple deputies, a Taser and a police dog to pull the teen off the man. He was making animal noises when he arrived at the hospital following the attack, the sheriff’s office said.
Harrouff remains in critical but stable condition at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where he has been under round-the-clock guard since the night of the attack. He has been unable to speak to investigators since being hospitalized the night of the attacks.
Harrouff — a former football player and wrestler at Suncoast High School who is a sophomore at Florida State — suffered a severe hand injury and investigators say there were indications that Harrouff ingested some sort of poisonous chemical that night.
In a nationally televised interview that aired this month, Harrouff’s father, Wade Harrouff, told talk show host Phil McGraw he believed Austin took poison that burned his esophagus.