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CrimeThree years later, Austin Harrouff case still puzzles many

23:25  15 august  2019
23:25  15 august  2019 Source:   lubbockonline.com

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On Aug. 15, 2016, Martin County Sheriff's Office deputies found 19-year-old Austin Harrouff on top of the bloodied 59-year-old John Stevens III, gnawing on his face and making growling sounds. Inside the garage of the home on Southeast Kokomo Lane, just north of the Palm Beach County line, deputies found 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon, beaten, bloodied and unresponsive.

Three years later, Austin Harrouff case still puzzles many© Observer-Dispatch/The Palm Beach Post, Fla./TNS The state attorney?s office recently released Austin Harrouff?s interview with Dr. Phil. Three years later, Austin Harrouff case still puzzles many© Winston/The Palm Beach Post, Fla./TNS

As the Jupiter teen was taken that night to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, he said he ate something bad. When asked what it was, he replied, "Humans."

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In the weeks, months and now years that have followed, the case garnered international attention, a couple of first-degree murder charges and a diagnosis of clinical lycanthropy delusions, also known as werewolf syndrome.

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Now, on the third anniversary of the deaths of Stevens and Mishcon, there is a trial scheduled for Nov. 4, but it remains unclear whether Harrouff, his attorneys and prosecutors will put on their case for a jury before the end of the year.

Three years later, Austin Harrouff case still puzzles many© Observer-Dispatch/The Palm Beach Post, Fla./TNS Austin Harrouff?s father appeared on the ?Dr. Phil? show in September.

Here is a timeline of events in the case of Austin Harrouff as they have unfolded since 2016:

Aug. 15, 2016: Austin Harrouff, 19, leaves dinner with his father, Wade Harrouff, his sister and his father's girlfriend at a Duffy's Sports Grill in Jupiter and goes to his mother's home. There, after acting strangely and drinking cooking oil, his mother drives him back to the Duffy's. Eventually, after another fight with his father, he leaves and finds himself wandering the streets near Southeast Kokomo Lane.

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Three years later, Austin Harrouff case still puzzles many© Contributed/Observer-Dispatch/The Palm Beach Post, Fla./TNS Austin Harrouff is facing first-degree murder charges in the fatal stabbings of John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon at their home in southern Martin County on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.

Friends and family later tell The Post that John Stevens III and Michelle Mishcon spent most of the time in their garage, entertaining guests and relaxing. It is in that garage and their driveway that Harrouff killed the couple.

Three years later, Austin Harrouff case still puzzles many© Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post/The Palm Beach Post, Fla./TNS Austin Harrouff is transported by detectives to the Martin County Jail from St. Mary's Hospital on October 3, 2016. Harrouff, who allegedly fatally stabbed a Martin County couple in their home on August 15th, has officially been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

A neighbor, Jeff Fisher, tried to intervene when he heard the commotion outside, but he was also attacked by Harrouff. Bleeding from his injuries, he ran back to his home and called 911.

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When Martin County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived, they used a Taser on Harrouff, kicked him in the head and used a law-enforcement dog to remove him from Stevens' body. At one point, deputies say the former Florida State University student even told deputies to "just kill me."

Eventually, Harrouff is taken to St. Mary's Medical Center.

Law-enforcement officers say they do not know what prompted the attacks, but believe it may been a drug-fueled crime. That theory is later debunked by toxicology reports.

Aug. 23, 2016: Austin Harrouff's father, Wade, tells The Palm Beach Post his son remains in the hospital and his organs are failing. Though he was conscious when he arrived at the hospital, the sheriff's office said Harrouff was in critical condition and put under sedation. Investigators believe he drank something from inside the garage where the fatal attacks occurred, damaging his organs. To date, it's unknown what Harrouff ingested.

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Aug. 24, 2016: Wade Harrouff tells The Post he blames mental illness for his son's actions. In the hours and days after the fatal attacks, law-enforcement officers said they believed a reaction to a designer drug such as bath salts or flakka prompted the attacks.

"I know it's not flakka-induced," Wade Harrouff said. "The weird behavior is coming from schizophrenia in my family."

Aug. 26, 2016, Harrouff is conscious at St. Mary's Medical Center, but remains in the hospital for several more weeks as he recovers.

Sept. 7, 2016: Wade Harrouff appears on Dr. Phil McGraw's TV show.

("Austin) must have some psychological break. ... I'm not trying to excuse what happened. He cared a lot about people. Something went way wrong," Wade Harrouff told 'Dr. Phil.'

Oct. 3, 2016: After weeks in recovery, Austin Harrouff leaves the hospital and is booked into the Martin County jail on two counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and burglary.

November 2016: After news of Austin Harrouff saying he ate humans made international headlines, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the Martin County Sheriff's Office asking that the teen be put on a vegan diet while in jail.

Nov. 23, 2016: In hundreds of pages of court documents released by the 19th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office, a toxicology report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation says no designer drugs were found in Austin Harrouff's system, only trace amounts of marijuana.

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In the other court documents, more details emerge:

– In the hours before the attacks, friends and family said Austin Harrouff had been acting strangely. They said he tried to "test his powers" and said things like, "I've become like almost immortal."

– The 19-year-old's internet searches gave more insight into what he was thinking in the days and hours before the homicides. Investigators said his Google searches consisted of questions about needing sleep, white magic, "How to know if you're going crazy" and several other topics.

Feb. 28, 2017: The 19th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office released 22 minutes of unedited video of Austin Harrouff's interview with Dr. Phil McGraw after weeks of court hearings battling over its release. The interview took place over video chat while Harrouff was at St. Mary's and just days before his arrest.

"I'm so sorry and I never wanted this to happen," Austin Harrouff said in the interview. "It's like a nightmare. I don't know how to put it into words."

John Stevens IV told The Post he doesn't believe Austin Harrouff's "crocodile tears" in the "Dr. Phil" interview.

"Sure, he looked sad and disheveled. But he's not sad about what he did, he's sad that he's about to go to jail," John Stevens IV said of Harrouff.

March 2, 2017: Harrouff's interview with "Dr. Phil" is aired on TV, showing more in the interview than what was previously provided in public-records request, which led to more court hearings fighting over the release of all footage recorded by McGraw and his production company.

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June 2017: The State Attorney's Office in Martin County releases Austin Harrouff's jail calls. In the calls, his emotions range from apologetic to worried and sad for his actions to joking with his parents and complaining about how bored he is.

Aug. 15, 2017: John Stevens IV talks to The Post about loss of his father a year after his death, dealing with the international spotlight and raising his children without a grandfather.

"I look at my daughter every day (and think) how much joy he would have gotten out of knowing her. But he's not here," Stevens said of his father. "And then I think about how I'm going to have to explain this to her one day."

Dec. 5, 2017: Austin Harrouff's attorneys, Robert Watson and Nellie King, file a notice of intent to use the insanity defense during his first-degree murder trial.

Aug. 7, 2018 Michelle Mischon's family files a wrongful-death lawsuit against Austin Harrouff.

"We want justice for Michelle and John," Jodi Bruce, Michelle Mishcon's sister, read from a written statement outside the Martin County Courthouse. "(Harrouff) will pay for what he has done. If not with his life, then with the only thing we can get from him, which is a civil judgment."

Aug. 15, 2018: Two years after her father and stepmother's deaths, Ivy Stevens spoke with The Post about learning to cope with the loss.

"My hope is that one day, when I think of them, I can veer my focus off the brutality of their murders and have happy memories instead," she said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post, the first she has given since their deaths. "But I don't know if that's ever going to happen."

Feb. 6, 2019: Martin County Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer schedules a Nov. 4 trial date for Austin Harrouff.

March 28, 2019: A 38-page report by forensic psychologist Dr. Phillip Resnick says Austin Harrouff believed he was "half-dog, half-man" the day he brutally beat Stevens and Mishcon to death and was found biting one of their faces in Martin County. He wrote Harrouff suffered from "severe mental disease," in particular bipolar disorder and acute manic episodes with psychotic features and "clinical lycanthropy delusions," also known as werewolf syndrome.

June 17, 2019: Bauer denies Austin Harrouff's defense attorneys' motion to find Florida's insanity defense law unconstitutional. Defense attorney Robert Watson argued the state law's requirement for a defendant to prove insanity by a "clear and convincing" standard wrongly shifts the burden of proof from the state to the defendant.

Aug. 2, 2019: Bauer agrees to let prosecutors audio-record a psychological examination with Austin Harrouff.

During the same hearing, Bauer canceled a September status check without setting a new date, calling into question whether the Nov. 4 trial date will remain in place.

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