Austin Harrouff, a Florida State University student, is accused of murdering married couple John and Michelle Stevens as they sat in their driveway of their Tequesta, Florida home. The 19-year-old reportedly stabbed the couple multiple times and then bit the man’s face.
In his only televised sit-down interview, Harrouff’s father, Dr. Wade Harrouff, a prominent dentist in the community, reveals to Dr. Phil his account of what led to the incident. Dr. Harrouff shares what he called his son’s “manic behavior” at dinner the night of the murders, and his claim that his son underwent a dramatic personality change two weeks prior to that fateful night.
“It’s the worst thing I could ever think of. This is the biggest nightmare I could ever even dream of,” an emotional Harouff tells Dr. Phil in the episode airing Wednesday, September 7. “I’m deeply sorry for what my son did to those people. And I’ll apologize for him, because my own son would have never done that … He’s such a good person. He would never knowingly do something like that. I’m truly sorry to those people.”
Harrouff, who also allegedly stabbed the Stevens’ neighbor who was attempting to help the couple, has reportedly tested negative for common drugs, but some speculate he may have been under the influence of the hallucinogenic drug ‘Flakka’, also known as “gravel” or “the zombie drug.”
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Sam and Shannon claim Sam’s mother, Kim, tricked them into signing over guardianship of their son to her when he was 6 months old. They say for the past four-and-a-half years she’s been keeping the boy, Conrad, from them while raising him 600 miles from where they live, and that she will not return him unless they meet her “outrageous demands.”
“A month after I had Conrad, Kim tried to control every aspect of me being a mom,” Shannon claims. “She attacked my parenting style, didn’t like the diapers I used. She would come over and bathe Conrad because she said I wasn’t capable of doing it right.” WATCH: Why Father Hasn’t Seen His Son In 2 Years: ‘I Work A Lot’
Shannon also claims that Kim was “constantly butting into our lives,” would show up at their house unannounced and would “stir up drama” in her relationship with Sam.
Kim, however, claims that her grandson was being raised in a home with maggots, moldy baby bottles and dirty dishes,
so she was forced to take guardianship of the child.
“I felt like someone needed to step up and take care of this innocent baby, and if that meant I was being controlling and overbearing, then so be it,” Kim says.
In the video above, Shannon tells Dr. Phil her story.
Who does Dr. Phil think the child should end up with? This episode of Dr. Phil
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For Robin —
My wife, my partner, my friend, my love. Thank you for 40 truly rich and rewarding years at my side laughing, loving and living.
(“MISTY BLUE” Performed by Dorothy Moore, Courtesy of Malaco Records)