Death penalty to be sought in face-biting attack

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.

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