March 2, 2017
Austin Harrouff says he didn’t know Michelle or John Stevens. The 19-year-old faces two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly slaying the couple in their home near Jupiter, Florida on August 15, 2016. Harrouff is also charged with one count of attempted murder for allegedly repeatedly stabbing the Stevens’ friend and neighbor, Jeff Fisher. Fisher survived the attack.
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In addition to allegedly killing the couple and wounding Fisher, authorities claim when they responded to a 9-1-1 call at the Stevens’ home, they found Harrouff sitting on top of John Stevens body, using his teeth to tear away the flesh from the deceased man’s face and abdomen. They contend it took four officers, a K9 unit, and the use of tasers to subdue him.
Initially, investigators said they suspected Harrouff was high on the street drug “Flakka,” at the time of the killings. The synthetic psychoactive stimulant is associated with bizarre behavior, agitation, and delusions of superhuman strength; all of which they claim Harrouff was exhibiting when they found him. A toxicology screen reportedly failed to detect the drug in his system.
Harrouff denies taking “Flakka” – or any other hallucinogenic drug. In an exclusive Dr. Phil interview airing Thursday, Harrouff claims that on the night Michelle and John Stevens were killed, he was hearing voices and “saw” a person from his past named Daniel, while walking to his father’s house.
“I don’t know if he was real or not, but he was a sketchy kid that was from my childhood,” says Harrouff.
The 19-year-old claims he panicked, and that’s when he turned down the Stevens’ street. “I went to the nearest place to get help, and then – I don’t know what happened,” says Harrouff.