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No hallucinogens found in system of face-biting suspect, FBI says

Published 24/11/2016

Austin Harrouf, who is accused of randomly killing a couple and chewing on the dead man's face (Martin County Sheriff's Office/AP)
Austin Harrouf, who is accused of randomly killing a couple and chewing on the dead man's face (Martin County Sheriff's Office/AP)

A Florida college student accused of randomly killing a couple and chewing on the dead man's face had no detectable hallucinogenic drugs in his system, the FBI has said.

Austin Harrouff had a trace amount of marijuana in his system when he allegedly beat and stabbed John Stevens, 59, and his 53-year-old wife, Michelle Mishcon, outside their Tequesta-area home on August 15, according to the FBI toxicology report.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder had previously speculated that Harrouff may have been on flakka or bath salts, but those drugs were not detected.

Harrouff, 19, was in hospital for two months after the killings for a burned oesophagus, possibly from ingesting chemicals found in the couple's garage.

Nellie King, Harrouff's lawyer, said on Wednesday that her client is mentally ill.

"The judicial process will bear all of this out in due time," she said.

Harrouff has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Deputies had said when they arrived at the couple's home, they found the muscular former high school American football player and wrestler in his underwear, making animal noises and biting Stevens' face as he pinned the man's body to the driveway.

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