The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Ethan Couch is due in court this morning to decide whether to officially transfer his case to the adult legal system. Couch received ten years of juvenile probation in 2013 for killing four people in a drunk driving crash.
He was spared prison time because of an “affluenza” defense. His lawyers said Couch was never taught to take responsibility for his actions.
The teen and his mother later ran off to Mexico last year after Texas prosecutors began investigating whether Couch violated his probation. Since his extradition back to the States in January, Tarrant County officials have pushed to transfer Ethan’s case to the adult system.
If his case isn’t moved today, Couch’s time in jail could end. He’s now in solitary confinement in adult jail for violating his probation.
Other stories this morning:
- All the data we use on our phones and computers are stored in data centers, but many facilities aren’t energy efficient. Some North Texas data centers are trying to change that.
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