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Accused face-biting murder suspect's organs are malfunctioning, dad says

Austin Harrouff in critical but stable condition

"I know what's right for me. I don't need drugs," Austin Harrouff said in a YouTube video posted days before an attack that killed a Martin County couple.
"I know what's right for me. I don't need drugs," Austin Harrouff said in a YouTube video posted days before an attack that killed a Martin County couple. (YouTube/A. Frost)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The father of a college student accused of randomly killing a couple and mauling the dead husband's face said his son's organs are malfunctioning.

Dr. Wade Harrouff told The Palm Beach Post that his son, Austin Harrouff, 19, who is in critical but stable condition, has a malfunctioning liver, fluid in his lungs and a bleeding esophagus.

Dr. Harrouff, a South Florida dentist, said the hospital is doing an MRI on Wednesday.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said Austin Harrouff may have ingested chemicals from the garage of John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon during the Aug. 15 attack, which also wounded their neighbor.

The sheriff said the former high school football player and wrestler will be charged with murder once he's out of the hospital.