WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Documents show that the Florida college student accused of killing a couple and chewing on the dead man’s face told deputies, “Help me, I ate something bad” and then admitted it was “humans.”
The Palm Beach Post reports that 19-year-old Austin Harrouff replied when deputies asked what he ate, he replied “humans.”
The Post says court records obtained Monday show Harrouff begged deputies to kill him after they pulled him off John Stevens’ body.
Harrouff is charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 15 attack on Stevens, 59, and his 53-year-old wife, Michelle Mishcon, outside their Tequesta home.
The story made national headlines after authorities said they found Harrouff on Stevens, biting his face.
One deputy ordered Harrouff off Stevens at gunpoint, and a second deputy used a taser on Harrouff, but Harrouff wouldn’t let Stevens go, the Post reported. Sheriff William Snyder told the media that Harrouff exhibited an extreme amount of strength.
Harrouff was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he remained for several weeks. Medical staff said he ingested some chemicals that he likely found in the garage where he killed the two victims.
Harrouff was arrested Oct. 3 and formally charged with the murders on Oct. 19, more than two months after the attack.
Prosecutors say they will ask a grand jury to indict him on first-degree murder charges. That would make him eligible for the death penalty.
Tests to determine whether Harrouff was on drugs are underway.