Face-biting suspect's family offers condolences - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Face-biting suspect's family offers condolences

Posted: Updated:
The 19-year-old college student is accused of stabbing to death Michelle Mishcon, 53, and her husband, John Stevens III, 59 (pictured together) before reportedly biting pieces of flesh off of the man's face  (PHOTO: Facebook) The 19-year-old college student is accused of stabbing to death Michelle Mishcon, 53, and her husband, John Stevens III, 59 (pictured together) before reportedly biting pieces of flesh off of the man's face (PHOTO: Facebook)
TEQUESTA, Fla. -

TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the killing of a couple by an attacker caught biting the dead man's face. (all times local):
    
12:15 p.m.
    
After a horrific attack in Florida, the family of the suspect is offering its condolences.
    
Detectives say they caught 19-year-old college student Austin Harrouff biting the face of a man after killing him and his wife outside their outside their home.
    
Wade and Mina Harrouff issued a statement Friday through a lawyer expressing what they said was "their deepest sympathy for the pain and suffering caused by Austin."
    
They said they love their son "and know he is not the person some are making him out to be."
    
The Martin County Sheriff announced Friday that Austin Harrouff will be charged with first-degree murder for Monday's slayings of 59-year-old John Stevens and his 53-year-old wife, Michelle Mischcon. That means he faces the death penalty or life without parole if convicted.
    
___
    
11 a.m.
    
The Martin County Sheriff's office says authorities will seek the death penalty or life in prison for a 19-year-old college student who detectives say was caught biting the face of a man after stabbing him and his wife outside their outside their Florida home.
    
A statement from sheriff's spokeswoman Trisha Kukuvka Friday says Austin Harrouff will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 59-year-old John Stevens and his 53-year-old wife, Michelle Mishcon.
    
He also will be charged with attempted first-degree murder in the stabbing of their neighbor, Jeff Fisher, who tried to intervene.
    
Harrouff is still hospitalized and the sheriff has suggested that he won't be formally charged until his release, so that his family has to keep paying the bills until then.
    
His attorney, Robert Watson, did not immediately return a call and email seeking comment.
    
___
    
8:30 a.m.
    
The son of a Florida man who authorities say was stabbed by a 19-year-old Florida State University student wants prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
    
John Stevens IV tells the SunSentinel (http://bit.ly/2bOMZZz ) he doesn't need to know exactly what led the student to kill his father and step-mother outside their house north of Jupiter on Monday night. But he wants prosecutors to seek the death penalty against the  attacker, who investigators say also was biting the dead man's face when deputies arrived at the scene.
    
Austin Harrouff hasn't been charged in the attack. Sheriff's officials say he's still in the hospital where he's conscious but heavily sedated.
    
Investigators say it took several deputies and a police dog to subdue  Harrouff. He tested negative for street drugs. It takes longer to test for less common hallucinogenic drugs such as flakka or bath salts.
    
The younger Stevens says knowing the attacker's  mindset is not "super important" to him. He just wants him to "pay for what he did."
    
_______
    
7:45 a.m.
    
Investigators are still trying to piece together the sequence of events that led to an attack on a Florida couple in which a 19-year-old college student is accused of killing them and biting the man's face.
    
But Martin County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Dougherty tells the TC Palm (http://bit.ly/2b3AAkH )  neighbor Jeff Fisher came to their aid after hearing the screams of 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon.
    
Fisher told deputies Mishcon and her 59-year-old husband John Stevens III were still alive when he got there Monday night. But Dougherty says they were dead by the time deputies arrived and found Austin Harrouff on top of Stevens, biting his face.
    
Fisher ran home after being stabbed several times. His brother-in-law told the newspaper he was released from the hospital Thursday.
    
Harrouff hasn't been charged. Sheriff's spokeswoman Trisha Kukuvka says he's conscious but heavily sedated.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mead High School teacher charged with sexual misconduct with a minor

    Mead High School teacher charged with sexual misconduct with a minor

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:21 PM EDT2018-05-23 22:21:49 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Mead High School teacher has been arrested and charged with having a sexual relationship with a student.  Last month, court records showed 37-year-old Mead High School teacher Wesley Perez was under investigation for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Mead High School teacher has been arrested and charged with having a sexual relationship with a student.  Last month, court records showed 37-year-old Mead High School teacher Wesley Perez was under investigation for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. 

    >>
  • Deadliest Catch' star pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault

    Deadliest Catch' star pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 5:32 PM EDT2018-05-23 21:32:34 GMT
    Sig HansenSig Hansen
    Sig HansenSig Hansen

    SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Celebrity crab-boat captain Sig Hansen has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he spat on an Uber driver last year in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports the 52-year-old "Deadliest Catch" star pleaded guilty Wednesday. Under the plea deal, a property destruction charge was dismissed. Prosecutors also recommended the assault conviction be dropped and the case dismissed if Hansen complies with court conditions for a yea...

    >>

    SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Celebrity crab-boat captain Sig Hansen has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he spat on an Uber driver last year in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports the 52-year-old "Deadliest Catch" star pleaded guilty Wednesday. Under the plea deal, a property destruction charge was dismissed. Prosecutors also recommended the assault conviction be dropped and the case dismissed if Hansen complies with court conditions for a yea...

    >>
  • 46-year-old motorcyclist killed in crash on I-90 in Spokane Valley

    46-year-old motorcyclist killed in crash on I-90 in Spokane Valley

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-05-23 15:40:16 GMT
    Spokane man dead after rollover crash in OregonSpokane man dead after rollover crash in Oregon

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol says a 46-year-old Reardan man was killed Tuesday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle on I-90. Troopers say Clinton Heindl was traveling west on the Sprague onramp when he struck the barrier, was thrown from his bike and into the westbound lanes of I-90.

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol says a 46-year-old Reardan man was killed Tuesday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle on I-90. Troopers say Clinton Heindl was traveling west on the Sprague onramp when he struck the barrier, was thrown from his bike and into the westbound lanes of I-90.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Police confront man armed with bat during interview about downtown 'problem spot'

    Police confront man armed with bat during interview about downtown 'problem spot'

    Thursday, May 24 2018 2:28 AM EDT2018-05-24 06:28:47 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Crime is becoming a growing concern in parts of downtown Spokane-- and police are getting all to familiar with it. The worse it gets, the fewer people want to spend time there-- which only creates a vicious cycle. Tonight while while we were in the downtown neighborhood, we saw firsthand what businesses and police are worried about and say they see every day. "I think most areas are overall safe," Officer John O'Brien 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Crime is becoming a growing concern in parts of downtown Spokane-- and police are getting all to familiar with it. The worse it gets, the fewer people want to spend time there-- which only creates a vicious cycle. Tonight while while we were in the downtown neighborhood, we saw firsthand what businesses and police are worried about and say they see every day. "I think most areas are overall safe," Officer John O'Brien 

    >>
  • Pasco officials revoke city's 22-year personal fireworks ban

    Pasco officials revoke city's 22-year personal fireworks ban

    Thursday, May 24 2018 2:27 AM EDT2018-05-24 06:27:33 GMT

    PASCO, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state city of Pasco has lifted a 22-year ban on personal fireworks. The Tri-City Herald reports that the City Council unanimously voted this week to allow fireworks that stay on the ground, while ones that fly in the air remain illegal. Pasco joins Richland and West Richland in allowing limited fireworks. Bans remain in effect for Franklin County and the cities of Kennewick and Prosser. Mayor Matt Watkins said the council be...

    >>

    PASCO, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state city of Pasco has lifted a 22-year ban on personal fireworks. The Tri-City Herald reports that the City Council unanimously voted this week to allow fireworks that stay on the ground, while ones that fly in the air remain illegal. Pasco joins Richland and West Richland in allowing limited fireworks. Bans remain in effect for Franklin County and the cities of Kennewick and Prosser. Mayor Matt Watkins said the council be...

    >>
  • Case of Legionnaires' disease suspected at UW Medical Center

    Case of Legionnaires' disease suspected at UW Medical Center

    Thursday, May 24 2018 2:25 AM EDT2018-05-24 06:25:20 GMT

    SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - A case of Legionnaires' disease has been suspected at the University of Washington Medical Center. KOMO-TV reported Wednesday that this is the third time in as many years that the disease has been suspected at the facility. Officials said the patient "has been diagnosed with a highly probable health care associated Legionella pneumonia." Officials said the patient is in satisfactory condition and is responding well to treatment. ...

    >>

    SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - A case of Legionnaires' disease has been suspected at the University of Washington Medical Center. KOMO-TV reported Wednesday that this is the third time in as many years that the disease has been suspected at the facility. Officials said the patient "has been diagnosed with a highly probable health care associated Legionella pneumonia." Officials said the patient is in satisfactory condition and is responding well to treatment. ...

    >>