On August 15th, 2016 a then 19-year-old Florida State University student named Austin Harrouff allegedly killed a 59 and 53-year-old couple outside of their home in Tequesta, Florida. The college student made international headlines after not only fatally stabbing his victims, but also biting off parts of their faces. At the time of the attack, the assailant believed that he was 'half-man, half-dog' according to a 2017 interview. Harrouff, now 22, was living with bipolar disorder and acute manic episodes with psychotic features, according to psychologist Dr. Phillip Resnick. Harrouff "“had the delusion that he could run ‘super fast’ because he was ‘half-man, half dog.’ He believed that other dogs’ hair was attaching to his face,'" said Resnick in a 38-page mental health report.
Back in 2017, Harrouff was interviewed by another known psychologist, Dr. Phil McGraw. Investigators had initially believed that Harrouff may have been on the synthetic street drug, Flakka, however, a toxicology report by the FBI concluded that he had "no designer drugs in his system and only trace amounts of marijuana."
Harrouff's trial is scheduled for November 4th, 2019 and he's facing "two counts of first-degree murder with a weapon for the deaths of Mishcon and Stevens, one charge of burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery while armed for breaking into their garage, and one charge of attempted first-degree murder with a weapon for attacking and injuring the couple's neighbor, Jeffrey Fisher."
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