STUART, Fla. (WFLA/AP) – A forensic psychologist says a former college student believed he was “half-dog, half-man“ when he fatally attacked a man and woman at their home and was found biting one of their faces.
Austin Harrouff was 19 and was a student at Florida State University when authorities say he attacked John Stevens, 59, and his wife Michelle Mishcon, 53, as they sat in their garage with the door open on Aug. 15, 2016.
911 dispatchers had received a call from a neighbor who said he was stabbed while trying to stop an assault at a home across the street from him. A deputy arrived to find Harrouff on top of Stevens who was lying on the driveway of the home. “He was biting the victim on the face and removing pieces of his face,“ Martin County Sheriff William told reporters in 2016.
Additional deputies responded and stung Harrouff multiple times with tasers. They also instructed a deputy K9 to attack Harrouff, who showed “abnormal levels of strength.“
Now, a 38-page mental-health report released this week by the Martin County State Attorney’s Office.says Harrouff believed he was “half-dog, half-man“ at the time of the attack.
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Dr. Phillip Resnick’s report says the fact that Harrouff persisted in biting Stevens “in the presence of police officers, in spite of threats of being shot, being tased and receiving multiple kicks to the head, suggests that Mr. Harrouff was actively psychotic.“
Harrouff’s attorneys are preparing an insanity defense for the Nov. 4 trial.