Austin Harrouff is transported by detectives from the Martin County jail of St. Mary’s Hospital in Stuart, Florida.
A former student of the suspect from the deadly attacks of a husband and wife in their Florida home and gnaw on the face of the man he believed that he was “half-dog, half-man,” a forensic psychologist, said a mental health report.
Austin Harrouff, 22, is charged with the killing of John Stevens III, 59, and his wife, Michelle Mishcon, 53, in their home in Martin County on Aug. 15, 2016. The researchers said that during the attack, he bit Stevens’ face while making growling sounds. The couple was beaten and stabbed during a bizarre attack in their garage.
“The fact that the Lord Harrouff remained in the bite of the male victim in the presence of police officers, in spite of the fact that shot, tased and receive multiple kicks to the head, suggests that the Lord Harrouff was actively psychotic,” Dr. Phillip Resnick of University Hospitals of Cleveland wrote in the report, released this week by the Martin County State Attorney’s Office.
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Resnick wrote in the 38-page report that “it was unlikely that a drug-induced psychosis that have led to the attacks,” the Palm Beach Post reported.
Researchers believed Harrouff can be on a synthetic drug, but a toxicology report of the FBI discovered that he had “no drugs in his system and only traces of marijuana,” the newspaper reported.
The report cites a statement of Harrouff’s attorney, Nellie King, in which she said that the “evaluation confirms that Austin could not have the requisite intent to commit these crimes by his serious mental illness. Austin was undergoing a psychotic event at the time of the incident and did not know that his conduct was wrong.”.
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The members of the Harrouff family recalled the suspect behaving strangely for the attacks and believe that he was invincible. Harrouff’s father told Resnick that his son had been diagnosed with bipolar and that he had severe periods of depression.
Harrouff the lawyers are preparing an insanity defense for his Nov. 4 test.
Harrouff was charged with two counts of first-degree murder with a weapon, burglary in a dwelling with assault or battery while armed and attempted first-degree murder with a weapon for attacking and injuring the couple’s neighbor, Jeffrey Visser,” Treasure Coast Newspapers reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.