It was like a real-life horror movie: a deranged Florida man fatally stabbed a married couple inside of their garage, and by the time police arrived, they found him biting the victims’ faces.
Now, authorities in Martin County have ordered that an interview between Dr. Phil and 20-year-old murderer Austin Harrouff should be released to the public. The unsettling footage shows Harrouff apologize to the families of his victims, 59-year-old John Stevens and 53-year-old Michelle Mischon.
“I’m sorry for their loss. I hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me. I just want them to know I’m so sorry,” Harrouff says.
According to Harrouff, the details of the night of the murders, August 15, are blurry.
Harrouff claims that he found his way into the Stevens’ garage after he left a restaurant, saw a friend, and was disturbed because the friend appeared to be a “dark figure.” At some point before or during the exchange, he removed his pants and ran away.
He then vaguely recalled running into the Stevens’ garage looking for help, wound up with a machete, heard both Stevens and Mischon yelling at him – but the rest is a blur.
“It’s like it happened but I don’t – it’s distorted, like I wasn’t aware of it at the time. At the end, I remember saving a dog and hijacking a car and then it’s a blur. It’s like it happened, but, like, I wasn’t aware of it at the time,” he says. Police reportedly could not confirm anything about a dog or a stolen car.
Harrouff faces first-degree murder charges in relation to the deaths of Stevens and Mischon, but his attorneys have pointed to the video as evidence that he clearly suffers from mental illness.