Probation Violation Hearing Delayed In Texas For Ethan Couch | KERA News

Probation Violation Hearing Delayed In Texas For Ethan Couch

Jan 19, 2016

A hearing has been delayed to consider whether a North Texas teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense violated his probation in a fatal drunken-driving wreck.

Attorneys for Ethan Couch, who is being held in Mexico, convinced a judge to recess the Tuesday hearing shortly after it started in Fort Worth. They say Couch's mother, Tonya, should've been notified.

The juvenile court hearing was scheduled to determine whether Couch violated his probation and if the case should be transferred to adult court.

No new court date was immediately set.

Tonya Couch is accused of helping her 18-year-old son flee to Mexico after prosecutors began investigating whether he'd violated his probation in the 2013 wreck that killed four people. She was released on bond last week.

Authorities say the pair fled in December, after video surfaced that appeared to show Ethan Couch at a party where people were drinking. Consuming alcohol would violate his probation.

Meanwhile, lawyers for Ethan Couch say they're investigating whether he fled to Mexico, or was taken there against his will.

Couch became known for using an "affluenza" defense in the drunken-driving case. A juvenile court judge sentenced Couch, who was 16 at the time of the crash, to 10 years' probation. The ruling outraged prosecutors who had called for him to face detention time.