19-year-old Austin Harrouff, the former FSU student accused of cannibalism, was FINALLY, formally charged on October 3 with two counts of first-degree murder for the horrendous killings of 59-year-old John Stevens and 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon back in August. The reason the arrest took so long was due to the fact that Harrouff remained in a coma for weeks following the murders. However, news is coming from multiple outlets that Harrouff gave a phone interview with Dr. Phil McGraw days before his arrest, which is set to air this Friday.
This comes after Harrouff’s father, Wade Harrouff, gave an interview on Dr. Phil less than two weeks after the night his son was found mutilating the corpse of John Stevens.
John Stevens IV, the son of the murdered John Stevens, is speaking out to the media, calling Harrouff a “monster” (obviously). Via CBS:
“I’ve never seen a black or minority suspect with such an inherent sympathetic spin [as Harrouff is getting],” he said. “They make him seem as sympathetic as possible because he’s privileged and white, and it’s really and really sad.”
“We all live in a time when we’re cynical about media and law enforcement,” he said. “My reaction is general disgust. I really hope people can use their brains and see that [Harrouff] is a monster,” Stevens said.
However, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told the Palm Beach Post that there was nothing the police could have legally been done to stop Harrouff from giving the interview. Synder explained that even if Harrouff had been arrested at the time, law enforcement cannot bar those charged with a crime from speaking with the media if they wish to do so.
Overall, a truly unbelievable and horrible story has taken yet another bizarre turn. Let’s hope Harrouff’s case gets expedited through the court system so he can be thrown in jail to rot as soon as possible.
The Austin Harrouff interview with Dr. Phil has not yet been made available online, but we will update this post as soon as it is released.