March 2, 2017
Nineteen-year-old Austin Harrouff is accused of stabbing married couple Michelle and John Stevens to death at their home near Jupiter, Florida on August 15, 2016. When sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they allege they found Harrouff using his teeth to tear the flesh off John Stevens’ face and abdomen. Harrouff was hospitalized following the incident, for injuries he reportedly suffered during and after the attack.
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Early in the investigation, authorities said they believed Harrouff might have been high on a street drug called “Flakka” at the time he allegedly killed the couple. The synthetic psychoactive stimulant is associated with bizarre behavior, agitation, paranoia and delusions of superhuman strength; all of which they claim Harrouff was exhibiting when they found him. Toxicology results later reportedly confirmed Harrouff was not under the influence of any hallucinogen on the night of the attack.
In an exclusive Dr. Phil interview recorded days before he was transferred from the hospital to jail, Harrouff denied even knowing what “Flakka” was. “I’ve never seen it before. I’ve never heard of my friends taking it. I’ve never been around it. I don’t even know where to get it, honestly.”
Harrouff claims he was feeling paranoid; hearing voices, and may have seen a vision of someone from his past on the night Michelle and John Stevens were killed. He says he now recognizes that many of his behaviors in the weeks leading up to the Stevens’ deaths were out of the ordinary; which he says caused one friend in particular to start avoiding him.
“I started being super serious. Talking like an extremist. And talking religion and stuff like that,” says the former college athlete. At the time, he says, he wasn’t aware that his behaviors were pushing people away.
Dr. Phil’s exclusive interview with Austin Harrouff airs Thursday. Click here to find out where you can watch.