People

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Crime

Dr. Phil Postpones Interview with FSU Face-Biting Suspect: Reports

Posted on

An upcoming Dr. Phil interview with face-biting murder suspect Austin Harrouff won’t be airing anytime soon, local media reports.

The interview between host Phil McGraw and Harouff — who reportedly called into the show one day before he was taken to jail from the hospital — has been postponed after it was set to air Friday, according to CBS12 and the Tallahassee Democrat.

Harrouff’s father previously spoke on Dr. Phil about his son’s arrest.

(Dr. Phil did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment on the reported postponement.)

Harrouff is accused of killing John Stevens III, 59, and his 53-year-old wife, Michelle Mischon on Aug. 15 in Tequesta, Florida, in an apparently random attack. A neighbor, Jeff Fisher, 47, came to the couple’s aid was allegedly injured in a scuffle with Harrouff.

When law enforcement arrived at the scene, they allegedly found Harrouff trying to bite off chunks of Stevens’ face. Harrouff was later hospitalized for months following his violent arrest at the scene.

He has been charged with two counts of murder along with attempted murder, resisting an officer without violence and burglary of a dwelling while armed. It is unclear if he has entered a plea

Speaking to CBS 2, the victims’ family said they questioned the timing of the producers’ decision, which came days before a grand jury is set to examine the case.

“I do think they will still air [the interview],” John Stevens II told the station, adding that the producers had notified his family that the episode would be postponed until further notice.

“It’s clear to me that [the] Dr. Phil show thinks that Austin’s perspective is more interesting than the families’ perspective,” Stevens said. “He is working with his father and working with Austin directly. He hasn’t expressed any interest in having us on his show.”

• Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.

Police initially speculated that Harrouff may have been under the influence of the synthetic drug flakka during his alleged attack, but the results from a subsequent toxicology report have not yet been announced. Harrouff’s father has previously said schizophrenia ran in his family.

Stevens told CBS 2 he believes Harrouff, who was described by Dr. Phil as the “frat boy dubbed ‘the cannibal killer,’ ” is setting himself up for an insanity defense. But Stevens said his family are looking forward to the evidence in the case being made public, following the grand jury’s indictment.

“It’s coming, and it’s just something we are going to have to deal with,” Stevens said. “They will release exactly what they think happened in that garage.”

“There does appear to have been an onset of mental illness,” Harrouff’s defense attorney, Robert Watson, said earlier this month. “Whether that mental illness was also coupled with other behavior, I don’t know.”

Michelle Mischon and John Stevens
Michelle Mischon and John Stevens

Meanwhile, the victims’ family is still coming to terms with their loss: Stevens, who could not immediately be reached, told PEOPLE in August he can’t imagine how his own children are going to have to grow up knowing what happened to their grandparents.

“It’s horrible,” Stevens said.

Harrouff’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.