Teen’s Mom Appears In Court
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The latest on the case of a Texas teenager serving probation for killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck after invoking an "affluenza" defense (all times local):
The mother of a fugitive teen who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck has made an initial appearance in a Texas courtroom on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon.
Tarrant County Judge Wayne Salvant advised Tonya Couch of the charge at the hearing Friday.
Bond has been set at $1 million. Couch's attorney has requested a bond reduction.
Authorities believe Couch and her 18-year-old son, Ethan Couch, fled Texas in November as prosecutors investigated whether the teenager had violated his probation. A video surfaced that appeared to show him at a party where people were drinking.
The mother and son were arrested in Mexico late last month.