Face-biter said he fled demon-like figure before killings

Austin Harrouff (Photo: Martin County Florida Sheriff's Office via Facebook)

STUART, Fla. (AP) — A Florida college student accused of randomly killing a couple and chewing on the dead man’s face told TV personality Phil McGraw he had been running from a demon-like figure named Daniel before the attack.

In a video released Tuesday by prosecutors, 20-year-old Austin Harrouff told McGraw he only had vague memories of killing John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon last Aug. 15.

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The video had been scheduled to air on McGraw’s “Dr. Phil” television show last October but was pulled at the last minute without explanation.

This image made from a video released Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, by Duffy's Sports Grill, shows Austin Harrouff leaving the restaurant in Jupiter, Fla. A Florida sheriff's said Friday that Harrouff caught trying to bite the face off a victim after stabbing the man and wife, will be charged with first-degree murder. (Duffy's Sports Grill via AP)
This image made from a video released Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, by Duffy’s Sports Grill, shows Austin Harrouff leaving the restaurant in Jupiter, Fla. A Florida sheriff’s said Friday that Harrouff caught trying to bite the face off a victim after stabbing the man and wife, will be charged with first-degree murder. (Duffy’s Sports Grill via AP)

The couple was attacked shortly after Harrouff stormed out of a dinner with his father and others. His parents say he had been acting strangely.

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McGraw interviewed him last fall before the Florida State University student was released from the hospital and arrested.

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