Lawyers: Harrouff suffered psychotic episode
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
New developments in the case of a 20-year-old man accused of killing a Martin County couple and chewing the face of one of the victims.
In a new court filing, lawyers for Austin Harrouff indicated that they plan to use the insanity defense in court.
According to the documents, his legal teams says Harrouff was suffering from a full-blown psychotic episode at the time of the brutal attack and didn’t know what he was doing.
Harrouff’s defense team also plans to call on Dr. Phillip Resnick, a Director of Forensic Psychiatry from Cleveland, Ohio to prove his insanity.
Harrouff faces two counts of First-Degree Murder for the killings of John Stevens and Michelle Mischon at their home near Tequesta in August 2016.
Deputies say when they arrived to the scene Harrouff was eating the flesh off one of the victim’s faces.
Harrouff is also accused of attacking the couple’s neighbor who tried to help. He survived.
A toxicology report did not find any drugs in Harrouff’s system.
In Florida, if found not guilty by reason of insanity, it’s up to the judge to determine if the defendant would spend the rest of his life in mental institution.
Harrouff is due back in court January 17, 2018.
A trial date has not yet been set.