Appalling new details have been uncovered in the horrific murders of Tequesta couple, Michelle Mishcon Steven and John Stevens, who were brutally killed, allegedly by 19-year-old Austin Harrouff.
The Florida State University student, who was found chewing on the dead man’s face, told the deputies while he was being taken into custody, “Help me, I ate something bad.”
When a sergeant, who heard Harrouff even through the commotion of his very violent arrest, asked him what he ate, the man reportedly replied, “Humans.”
The “face-eater” was also begging police to kill him after they pulled him off Stevens’ body, according to the Palm Beach Post.
“F****** kill me, f****** kill me, shoot me now, I deserve to die,” Harrouff said.
He was later brought to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he admitted to “eating” the victims after one of the detectives saw him “spit out what appeared to him to be human flesh.”
The FBI is running tests to check whether Harrouff, who was hospitalized for two months following the horrific murders, was on drugs. His father said his esophagus was burnt and after investigation Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said he may have drank lawn chemicals from the couple’s garage.
He also said the man might have used flakka, a synthetic drug, which causes temporary inhuman strength, “Excited delirium which can result in violent aggression.”
Harrouff’s parents issued a statement a few days after the murders to extend their condolences to the Stevens family and their apologies to Jeff Fisher, the neighbor who was stabbed trying to help the victims.
Harrouff was charged with second-degree murder on Aug. 15. Prosecutors said they will ask the grand jury to indict him on first-degree charges which will make him eligible for capital punishment.
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