Man murdered couple and then stripped naked as he chewed on husband's face like a dog
Austin Harouff will be contending two charges of first-degree murder and one charge of attempted first-degree murder in the gruesome 2016 attack
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A teenager who has been accused of killing a couple before then eating the face of the dying husband will finally be facing his charges in court after a trial date was set for the case. Austin Harouff will be contending two charges of first-degree murder and one charge of attempted first-degree murder in the gruesome 2016 attack which left 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon and 59-year-old John Stevens III dead outside their home in Stuart, Florida.
According to the Mirror, Harouff was just 19 years old when he stormed out of a family dinner at his home after having an argument with his father on August 15, 2016. He would proceed to beat and stab both Michelle and John to death, before then engaging in cannibalism.
Police said when they responded to the scene of the attack, they saw Harouff growling like a dog while he chewed on John's face. He had also allegedly stripped down to his underwear and was exhibiting extraordinary strength, which meant that a stun gun had little effect on him.
Another officer failed to get the 19-year-old to back off even after brandishing a handgun, and it would take a deputy with a police dog to put an end to the depravity. After setting the K-9 on the teen, deputies were finally able to get him off the dead husband and restrain him.
It emerged that Harouff had also attacked the couple's neighbor, Jeffrey Fisher, when he came out and tried to stop him, with authorities saying the teen was high on a mixture of drugs and chemicals at the time of the attack, a claim that seemed to have been corroborated by his mother. She revealed on the day of the murders that she found her son drinking cooking oil mixed with parmesan cheese, with court documents alleging the mixture contained hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Harouff also had to be hospitalized for two months following the incident because he had reportedly swallowed an unknown chemical from the Stevens' garage which had burned his esophagus.
He would later appear on the 'Dr. Phil' show and claim he didn't remember much of the day other than how he was fleeing a demon called "Daniel" when he ran into the couple, further reinforcing the claims he had been on some substances at the time.
However, his criminal defense attorney Robert Watson rubbished the claims. He admitted Harouff had experimented with drugs previously but that he was not a chronic user, pointing to his client's negative drug tests and stating the teen had suffered a mental breakdown on the day.
Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer Jr. set a June 17 date for Harouff's trial. Now 22 years old, he faces a minimum of life in prison if found guilty of his charges.