Face-biting murder suspect sobs in Dr. Phil interview

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By: Erin Lisch
February 28, 2017

A never-before-seen interview between face-biting murder suspect Austin Harrouff and Dr. Phil was released Tuesday.

The interview took place this past August, but a Martin County judge recently ordered it be released.

The former FSU student was still in the hospital during that interview, just two weeks after the murder of John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon.

In the interview, Harrouff, 19, claims his memory of that night is blurry.

He says, "I really don't have words to explain how I feel, it's like it's like a nightmare."

He says he was with his parents for dinner the night of August 15th, then left. Harrouff says he saw his friend about five minutes later, felt scared, and ran for help.

That's when he says he went to an open garage.

Michelle was there and he says he faintly remembers being yelled at.

Harrouff says he was holding a machete, and thinks he got it from the garage, but doesn't know why he grabbed it.

He says he doesn't remember anything after that.

He tells Dr. Phil he can't imagine doing this... and gives a message to those affected.

"I never wanted to consciously do something like this... I never planned it, I never… I didn't want to do it. I'm so sorry and I never wanted this to happen, I'm so sorry,” said Harrouff.

Dr. Phil asked Harrouff about possible drug use, including bath salts and flakka, but he says he didn't take either of the drugs.

Harrouff's toxicology results later came back negative.

The 19-year-old's attorney, Nellie King, didn't want the video released, saying in a statement, "Sensationalizing the details of this case pre-trial does nothing to advance justice in the courtroom."

By: WCTV Eyewitness News / Associated Press
February 28, 2017

STUART, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida college student accused of randomly killing a couple and chewing on the dead man's face told TV personality Phil McGraw he had been running from a demon-like figure named Daniel before the attack.

In a video released Tuesday by prosecutors, 20-year-old Austin Harrouff told McGraw he only had vague memories of killing John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon last Aug. 15.

At one point, Harrouff breaks down and begins sobbing.

"I'm sorry for their loss, I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. I never wanted this to happen," Harrouff said in the 20-minute interview with Dr. Phil. "It's like a nightmare."

The video had been scheduled to air on McGraw's "Dr. Phil" television show last October but was pulled at the last minute without explanation.

The couple was attacked shortly after Harrouff stormed out of a dinner with his father and others. His parents say he had been acting strangely.

McGraw interviewed him last fall before the Florida State University student was released from the hospital and arrested.

Click on the video player above to watch portions of Dr. Phil's interview with Austin Harrouff.

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