Several media outlets report that a Florida man, age 25, who was accused of killing an unrelated couple and then trying to eat one of the victims’ faces was found not guilty by reason of insanity. There will be no jail time for him.
After being charged with two counts of first-degree murder, Austin Harrouff entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea. Harrouff’s trial, which had been scheduled to begin on Monday, was cancelled after a judge agreed to a plea bargain. The murderer will be admitted to a mental institution until doctors are sure he is no longer dangerous to the public.
Relatives and friends of the couple Harrouff, then a sophomore in college, unprovokedly attacked in their Tequesta, Florida, garage in August 2016 are reportedly shocked by the case’s outcome. Harrouff killed John Stevens III, 59, and Michele Mishcon, 53, and then tried to eat Stevens’ face and body.
Seriously, what’s the problem here?
On the evening of August 15, 2016, while having dinner with his family at Duffy’s Bar & Grill in Jupiter, Austin Harrouff stormed out and went to his mother’s house, where he allegedly drank cooking oil and was acting strangely.
After his mother returned with him to the restaurant, he had an argument with his father and walked through town until he reached the Tequesta home of Stevens and Mishcon, just north of the line. There’s a county in Florida called Palm Beach.
Cindy Mishcon, whose sister was killed, said Harrouff and his family tried to pose as the victim, when in fact he was a “cold-blooded killer,” according to the Associated Press. “We are opening the prison doors for a double murderer,” Mishcon’s client’s lawyer said.
Who were the people that Austin Harrouff hurt?
Austin Harrouff, 25, entered a not guilty plea on the grounds of insanity in the August 2016 killings of John Stevens, 59, and Michelle Mishcon Stevens, 53, in the garage of their Tequesta, Florida, home.
The trial’s oral hearing was scheduled to begin this Monday, but Judge Sherwood Bauer of Martin County (eastern Florida) accepted the declaration of insanity and the agreement of the Prosecutor’s Office and the defence.
On two counts of murdering the Stevens and one count of attempted murder of the Stevens’ neighbour, Jeff Fisher, who came to the scene when he heard the victims’ screams, Harrouff faced a possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
According to police reports, it took three officers, a trained dog, and a taser to finally get it off of Stevens’ body. Harrouff reportedly told police that he was being chased by a demon and that he was only trying to get away.
No evidence of the synthetic drug flakka was found in Harrouff’s blood during the initial phase of the investigation following the murders, where this theory had initially been handled by the Police. Prior to the trial’s oral phase, doctors testified on the young man’s behalf, claiming that he was experiencing a “acute” psychotic episode and that he believed he was “half man, half dog” when he attacked the couple.
Explain who Austin Harrouff is.
Born in Palm Beach Gardens, Austin Harrouff grew up in northern Palm Beach County. Football player and frat boy Austin Harrouff was born on December 21st, 1996. After his parents divorced when he was 13, he moved in with his mother and younger sister. Despite this, he maintained a close relationship with his father and paid frequent visits.
Harrouff claimed to have blacked out during the attack and murder of a couple in his garage while he was a student at Florida State University. The victim, John Stevens, 59, was found with the then-19-year-old suspect on top of him, with the suspect biting Stevens’ face.