John Stevens, Jr., the son of one of the victims killed by “Cannibal Frat Boy” Austin Harrouff, has said that he does not accept the young man’s apology and believes that Harrouff is only sorry that “his life of privilege has come to an end.”
On August 15, 2016, the former Florida State University student viciously attacked and killed John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon, and injured Jeff Fisher, a Good Samaritan who tried to help the couple during the attack.
In an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, Harrouff, 20, claimed that he was fleeing from a dark, demon-like figure named “Daniel” on the night of the murder, and tearfully apologized to his victims’ families.
But the younger Stevens told WPTV, after viewing the interview, that he believes Harrouff was coached, and that he is setting up an insanity plea that is an “elaborate lie.” Stevens stated:
“He’s not crazy. He’s just not. He’s an evil person who deserves to be in jail. If he acknowledged that, we can start there. But this apology, I absolutely reject it.”
Harrouff told Dr. Phil that his mind was “a blur” when he left a restaurant to walk to his father’s home after getting into an argument with him. McGraw asked about “the devil talking to you,” and Harrouff went on to describe a “dark figure” that he identified as “Daniel.”
Later in the interview, Harrouff appeared to become more emotional and tearful.
“I felt terrible. I really don’t have words to explain how I feel, it’s like a nightmare … It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. I never imagined this would ever happen,” he said, and continued:
“And I’m deeply sorry to the family that was affected and I hope something like that never happens again. I didn’t ever want to consciously do something like this. I never planned it, I didn’t want to do it…. I’m sorry for their loss and I hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me. I’m so sorry and I never wanted this to happen. I’m so sorry.”
While police initially thought Harrouff was under the influence of bath salts or flakka, tests only found alcohol and a small amount of THC in his system.
Nellie King, one of Harrouff’s attorneys, told the New York Post that the video represents “just one of many pieces of evidence demonstrating the deterioration of Austin’s mental health.”