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After fatally stabbing couple, former FSU student intends to rely on insanity defense

AUSTIN HARROUFF MUG
AUSTIN HARROUFF MUG
Posted at 8:02 PM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 00:32:45-05

TEQUESTA, Fla. (WTXL) - The defense team for a former Florida State student accused of killing a south Florida couple and chewing the face of one of the victims intends to rely on insanity. 

Court documents filed Tuesday, show defense attorney, Nellie L. King, claims the night of August 15 of 2016, Austin Harrouff was suffering from a full blown psychotic episode.

Authorities say the 19-year-old is accused of fatally stabbing Michelle Stevens and John Stevens outside their home and then biting John's face.

Harrouff is facing first degree murder charges in the death of the Stevens and injuries to their neighbor, Jeffrey Fisher.

The defense plans to call Dr. Phillip Resnick, the Director of Forensic Psychiatry at  University Hospitals Cleveland Medicine Center, as an expert witness in the case.

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