The unaired interview Austin Harrouff gave Dr. Phil is now public after Martin County prosecutors released copies on Tuesday, February 28.
The interview, which was made accessible by a judge, was held two days before Harrouff was released from the hospital back in October. Harrouff spent more than a month in the hospital after ingesting toxic chemicals in the couple’s garage during the attack. It was recorded via Skype and was scheduled to air on Dr. Phil October 28 but was pulled without explanation from the producers.
The 20-year-old is accused of killing John Stevens and Michelle Mischon on August 14, 2016. Harrouff was found by police naked and chewing on Stevens’ face. The first officer who arrived on the scene tried to stop Harrouff with a Taser but it was ineffective. More deputies and a K-9 unit were called and were able to subdue him.
According to authorities, Harrouff left a family dinner at Duffy’s restaurant in Jupiter, Florida on the night of August 14 and then walked to the nearby neighborhood of Michelle and John Stevens and attacked them in their garage.
Furthermore, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said deputies found a naked Harrouff on top of Stevens, biting pieces of the victim’s face with his teeth. The Stevens’ neighbor Jeffrey Fisher was also attacked while trying to help them. The 47-year-old was released from the hospital days after the attack.
Dr. Phil is facing some criticism for the interview, as it seems as though he is playing into Harrouff’s attorney Nellie King’s plan for an insanity defense. King issued a statement saying the interview is “just one of many pieces of evidence demonstrating the deterioration of Austin’s mental health.”