Florida Judge Accepts Face-Eating Killer’s Insanity Plea

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A hearing Monday morning in the murder trial of 25-year-old Austin Harrouff—the infamous Florida “face eater” accused of killing a random couple in 2016—was over in minutes after a judge accepted a last-second plea deal.

Harrouff pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer accepted the deal, which was reportedly agreed upon by prosecutors and Harrouff’s defense attorneys in South Florida. He’ll now be sent to a mental hospital, reported 25WPBF.

Monday was supposed to be the first day of a bench trial in the deaths of John Stevens, 59, and his 53-year-old wife, Michelle Mishcon Stevens. Family members of the couple were inside the courtroom when the deal was struck and were “extremely upset” at the judge’s decision to accept it, reported Court TV.

Harrouff, a 19-year-old Florida State University student at the time of the attack, had no prior criminal history before police arrived at the Stevens’ home to witness Harrouff allegedly biting chunks off John’s face while stripped nearly naked.

Police said the couple was murdered in their garage. Harrouff faced two counts of first-degree murder and other charges for the slayings, but repeatedly had his trial delayed by the pandemic and his own recovery from critical injuries he sustained in the attack by consuming a chemical.

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