Austin Harrouff’s lawyers seek insanity defense

Face-biting murder suspect Austin Harrouff spoke exclusively to Dr. Phil from his hospital bed. Image Courtesy: Dr. Phil Show |WPEC]

The lawyers for Austin Harrouff, the man accused of a fatal cannibal-style attack, filed in court Tuesday a Notice of Intent to Rely on an insanity defense.

Harrouff faces two counts of First-Degree Murder, among other charges, for the killings of John Stevens and Michelle Mischon at their home near Tequesta in 2016.

The gruesome attack has garnered national attention, including a controversial Dr. Phil televised interview.

In the filing, the defense team argues that Harrouff had a “mental infirmity” that’s condition caused him not to “know what he was doing or its consequences” and if he did know what he was doing and its consequences “he did not know it was wrong.”

The filing argues that on the day of the attack, August 15, 2016, Harrouff was insane.

“At the time of the charged offenses (on or about August 15, 2016), the defendant, Austin Kelly Harrouff, was suffering from a full-blown psychotic episode,” read the filing.

The defense plans to call on Dr. Phillip Resnick, a Director of Forensic Psychiatry from Cleveland, Ohio to prove the insanity.

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