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Judge sets Nov. 4 trial date in Austin Harrouff murder case

Posted at 4:13 PM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 19:06:40-05

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — A trial date has been set for a former college student accused of murdering a Martin County couple and chewing one of their faces.

On Wednesday, a judge said the trial of 22-year-old Austin Harrouff will begin on Nov. 4, and could last three weeks. Harrouff was not in court.

The prosecution and defense said dozens of witnesses could be called to testify.


Prosecutors said Harrouff attacked John and Michelle Stevens outside their home in August 2016, stabbing and beating them to death.

When deputies arrived, they said Harrouff was chewing on John Stevens' face.

Harrouff is charged with first-degree murder, as well as attempted first-degree murder for allegedly attacking the couple's neighbor, Jeffrey Fisher.