Video of face-eating suspect allowed as evidence

Austin Harrouff's attorneys say video shows his 'mental status'

Austin Harrouff'.
Austin Harrouff'.

STUART, Fla. – A judge will allow as evidence a video of a former college student struggling against his restraints at a Florida hospital the night he's accused of killing two people.

Austin Harrouff's attorneys say the video shows the "mental status" of the 22-year-old hours after he's accused of killing 59-year-old John Stevens III and 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon. Police say the Florida State University student was found biting and chewing on Stevens' face in the couple's driveway.

Harrouff is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

TC Palm reported Monday's hearing centered on 1:14 seconds of video described in a defense motion as Harrouff in his hospital bed "fighting against his restraints."

Forensic psychologist Dr. Phillip Resnick has said Harrouff believed he was "half-dog, half man" when he attacked the couple.