Austin Harrouff, the Florida college student accused of killing two people and eating the face of one of his victims in an apparent drug-fueled rage, was released from the hospital and charged with murder Monday.
Harrouff will face two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder following the August 15th killings of Michelle Mishcon and her husband John Stevens III at their home in Martin County, Florida; a third victim, a neighbor, sustained stab wounds attempting to intervene.
The Florida State University student had been in a nearby hospital recovering from injuries he sustained in the incident since the murders. After being charged with murder, Harrouff was transferred to Martin County Jail Monday afternoon, WPTV reports, where he is being held without bond.
“My understanding is that he will probably continue to need therapy. We made it clear to the hospital that this is a jail this is not a therapeutic place to be. We’ll do the best we can,” Sheriff William Snyder told reporters Monday after delivering Harrouff the arrest warrant upon his hospital release.
At the time of the murders on August 15th, police found Harrouff, a wrestling star in high school, in his underwear making animal noises while he bit at Stevens’ face. Harrouff had never met either victim before.
Because of the savage, gruesome and seemingly random nature of the attacks, it’s long been assumed that Harrouff was under the influence of drugs – either flakka or bath salts, the synthetic drug cited in another Florida face-eating attack in 2012 – but the results of the toxicology report have not yet been released.
“We know that the blood is being examined by the FBI, they’re doing an analysis,” Snyder added. “I know we keep getting that question on the blood work. I’m very interested, we’re all very interested. We’re mystery solvers by nature.”
Due to his injuries, Harrouff was unable to speak to police for three weeks after the murders. In September, the student’s father expressed concerns that his son’s condition was “rapidly deteriorating” after a bout with pneumonia.
“My son is not doing well. He can open his eyes. He can raise his finger. He can squeeze my hand. He can’t talk. He is unresponsive,” Wade Harrouff told The Palm Beach Post.
The father also sat down for an interview with Dr. Phil because he was upset with how his son was being portrayed by the media. “[Austin] must have some psychological break… I’m not trying to excuse what happened. He cared a lot about people. Something went way wrong,” Wade Harrouff said of his son.