Austin Harrouff’s mother, Mina Harrouff, and father, Dr. Wade Harrouff, each claims their son had been exhibiting symptoms of mental illness in the days and weeks before he allegedly stabbed a Florida couple to death. Harrouff is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the August 15, 2016 slaying of Michelle Mishcon Stevens, 53, and her husband John Stevens III, 59, at the couple’s home near Jupiter, Florida.
When Harrouff walked out of a dinner with his father earlier that evening; showing up at his mother’s home a short while later – then went missing again later that night – she called 9-1-1, telling an emergency dispatch operator: “It seems like he’s a little delusional. He says – you know – he feels immortal, and like a superhero.”TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Life in crisis?
Harrouff says he has some memory of that night, but claims he doesn’t remember how he got in to – what he calls – “the altercation” with Michelle and John Stevens.
“All I remember was – there was a woman in the garage,” says 19-year-old Austin Harrouff speaking about the case from his hospital room
, a few weeks after the stabbings.
“I was screamed at, I guess,” continues Harrouff. “I didn’t know this – but apparently – I didn’t have my pants on or a shirt on.”
Claiming that on the night the couple was killed, he was hearing voices
and believed he saw a person named Daniel – someone he knew from his childhood – Harrouff asserts he couldn’t tell whether the person was real or not. He claims the “Daniel” figure scared him, and that’s what he says prompted him to turn down the Stevens’ street, looking for help.
Neighbors reportedly told authorities that the couple often sat in their garage with the door open.
Sheriff’s deputies responding to the Stevens’ home allege that - when they arrived - they found the former Florida State University sophomore sitting on top of John Stevens’ body; tearing at the deceased man’s face and abdomen with his teeth.
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Accused Killer Harrouff Claims He Was Paranoid, Hearing Voices The Night Florida Couple Was Killed