Austin Harrouff blood test results negative for Flakka, bath salts
The FBI analysis of blood from Austin Harrouff, the suspect in the cannibal-style attack and killings near Tequesta, shows no evidence of him being under the influence of Flakka or bath salts at the time of the incident, according to a statement from his attorney.
The tests have been at the center of the investigation into the double murders. Harrouff is accused of killing John Stevens and Michelle Mischon at their home last August. The first deputy on scene found Harrouff biting the face of Stevens.
Authorities also released extremely graphic crime scene photos. One shows Stevens in a pool of blood with several gashes on his body. Another shows a trail of blood in the driveway along with a beer bottle and sunglasses, blood spatters on plastic containers in the garage, and a pair of scissors. Many of the photos are too graphic to show on television.
Other photos show a bloodied Harrouff in handcuffs.
Investigators asked the FBI to test the blood to see if Harrouff was on any drugs at the time of the attack.
Attorney Nellie King writes in the statement the findings "refute statements made early on in the investigation by Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, who suggested Austin Harrouff had ingested such drugs at the time of the attack on August 15, 2016."
The toxicology tests did show evidence of ethanol, or alcohol, but did not identify a source of it.
"Harrouff may have ingested solvents or some other toxic solution when he was in the couple’s garage, liquids which could have contained alcohol and which shed light on Harrouff’s severe medical injuries, including damage to his esophagus and internal organs," said King.
Documents showed Harrouff told deputies at the scene he ate "humans."
The 19-year-old FSU student has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder for attacking a neighbor who tried to intervene.
Full Statement from Attorney Nellie King:
TOXICOLOGY REPORTS NEGATIVE FOR FLAKKA IN AUSTIN HARROUFF DOUBLE MURDER CASE
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Toxicology results released Wednesday from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, show no evidence that Austin Harrouff was under the influence of bath salts or the synthetic drug flakka on the day he was accused of the double homicide of two Tequesta residents in their garage, as well as an attack on the couple’s neighbor.
The report refutes repeated statements made early on in the investigation by Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, who suggested Austin Harrouff had ingested such drugs at the time of the attack on August 15, 2016. The report shows that Harrouff had several drugs in his system that were medically introduced to him at the hospital for treatment purposes, as well as minimal levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Results also show ethanol, or alcohol, was detected by staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and the FBI Lab, the source of which has not been identified. Law enforcement has indicated Harrouff may have ingested solvents or some other toxic solution when he was in the couple’s garage, liquids which could have contained alcohol and which shed light on Harrouff’s severe medical injuries, including damage to his esophagus and internal organs. Harrouff spent approximately seven weeks receiving medical treatment for these injuries at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Harrouff, 19, of Jupiter, a Suncoast High School graduate who was a sophomore at Florida State University, had been exhibiting signs of a mental health disorder weeks before the incident, family members said. Hours before the attacks, his mother called Jupiter Police to report concerns that her son had been acting strangely, saying he had “superpowers” and was immortal.
“The FBI results are as we expected, they are negative for flakka, or Alpha-PVP. Importantly, the samples were collected within a timeframe that, had Austin ingested flakka, the levels would have been detected, and they were not,” Nellie King, the lawyer representing Mr. Harrouff said. “This is a cautionary tale for why law enforcement should endeavor to conduct complete investigations reliant on evidence, like toxicology reports, instead of speculation with no basis in fact,” said King. “We know this information will be of no comfort to the victims’ families and friends, but, as painful as this process is, it is critical for everyone involved to examine the facts and avoid jumping to conclusions,” King said.
“Austin is struggling with severe mental illness and the judicial process will bear all of this out in due time,” King added. King has represented a number of people in criminal court who were severely mentally ill at the time of their offenses, including Amy Kern, a Jupiter woman who was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the deaths of her grandmother and her Aunt’s boyfriend in 2009.
Harrouff is being held in the Medical Unit of the Martin County Jail.