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The 19-year-old accused of brutally murdering a Martin County couple was described this week as "struggling with severe mental illness," according to his attorneys.
However, neither Austin Harrouff's family nor their attorneys are saying specifically what he is battling.
So what goes into building a defense around mental health? We spoke to a local defense attorney for some insight.
This week News Channel 5 got it's first look at the evidence prosecutors have against 19 year old Austin Harrouff.
It spanned from statements from his mom to journal entries talking about death and recorded statements from Harrouff himself.
"All of those factors are going to come into play," said West Palm Beach criminal trial lawyer Gregg Lerman.
"Just as a gut reaction that they'll have a pretty strong case as a not guilty by reason of insanity," said Lerman.
He believes Harrouff's defense attorneys will be arguing mental health issues are what led the 19 year-old to allegedly stab John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon to death and eat part of John's face.
Lerman says does not see this case going to trial anytime soon. In fact he said it's also possible that we could see some plea offers or even some other sort of arrangement depending the information related to Harrouff's mental health.
Harrouff's next court date is set for January.
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