Austin Harrouff, the 19-year-old accused of fatally stabbing a Florida couple and trying to eat one of the victim’s faces, gave a bedside interview to the Dr. Phil show just days before his arrest, reports say.
Harrouff allegedly gave the telephone interview while hospitalized at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where he spent weeks recovering after his alleged gruesome attack on the couple, the Palm Beach Post reports. The exclusive segment, called “The Frat Boy Dubbed ‘Cannibal Killer’ Breaks His Silence from His Hospital Bed,” is expected to air on Friday, according to the Post.
The teen was been charged on Oct. 3 with two counts of murder along with attempted murder, resisting an officer without violence and burglary of a dwelling while armed in the Aug. 15 attack on John Stevens III, 59, and his 53-year-old wife Michelle Mishcon in the garage and driveway of their Tequesta home.
“Harrouff speaks out for the first time from his hospital bed,” the preview reads, according to the Post. “What does he say caused him to go from popular student to an accused killer?”
Harrouff has not spoken publicly about the incident.
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Stevens’ son, John Stevens IV, expressed outrage over the interview, telling the Post that police could have prevented the interview.
“It may be his right to give a phone interview, but if the process would have been followed like any other double murderer — and he was arrested immediately — he may have not been so inclined to give an interview from jail,” Stevens said.
The son also spoke with CBS 12, telling the station that the press likely would not have interviewed Harrouff if he wasn’t a wealthy, young, white man.
“The Harrouffs are wealthy so they have the resources to hire a really good attorney, and pay him, however, they want to pay him, and it’s more interesting to talk about a frat boy making a good grade point average. He a cute kid who can’t be a monster because he looks like all of us,” he said.
However, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said the interview could be just what authorities need to put Harrouff behind bars.
“That’s the trick back for anybody who makes a statement to the press. There’s nothing to do with Miranda [Rights] there, and anything he says can and will be used against him later on,” Snyder said, according to WPBF. “So we never push back on requests to talk to the press. We just never know, we may hit a home run without even swinging the bat and get somebody to incriminate themselves.”
The interview is set to air on the Dr. Phil show on Friday at 4 p.m. on CBS.