Over seven weeks since savagely killing a couple and attempting to chew one of their faces off, Austin Harrouff is finally behind bars. A noticeably gaunt and diminished Harrouff was transferred yesterday from St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, to the medical ward of the Martin County jail. Today he saw his first court room, where he was held without bail on two charges of first degree murder, as well as one count of attempted murder, resisting arrest and burglary.
It was August 15th when the FSU frat boy walked out on a dinner date with his father and soon thereafter attacked and killed Michelle Mischon, 53, and husband, John Stevens, 59, in their garage, where they were enjoying a summer evening cocktail. A neighbor, Jeff Fisher, tried to intervene but was stabbed by Harrouff. He managed to call 911 and when police arrived they found the former high school wrestler ripping the flesh off Stevens’ face with his teeth. It would take a taser, a K-9 unit and multiple officers to eventually subdue him.
After being taken into custody, Harrouff had to be admitted to the hospital for intestinal failure and spent the next month in critical condition. Police have speculated he may have been high on the synthetic drug Flakka or swallowed chemicals in his victim’s garage. His father Wade Harrouff, a wealthy Florida dentist, said he doubts drugs were the cause of his son’s psychotic outburst and instead blames a family history of schizophrenia. Police are still waiting for the results of blood tests conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said the delay in officially charging Harrouff was so that the county wouldn’t have to carry the killer’s hospitalization costs. He said that once Harrouff fully recovers he will be released into the jail’s general population.