Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Texas 'Affluenza' Teen Heads to Adult Court

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Texas 'Affluenza' Teen Heads to Adult Court

Article excerpt

DALLAS * A Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck will appear Wednesday in adult court for the first time.

Ethan Couch, who turned 19 on Monday, will appear before a Fort Worth judge who could order more jail time as part of the terms of Couch's adult probation. Prosecutors and court officials declined to confirm the nature of the hearing, saying the judge has issued a gag order.

Couch got 10 years' probation in juvenile court for a June 2013 wreck that left four dead and two severely injured. He landed in jail after he fled with his mother, Tonya, to Mexico when a video surfaced online showing Couch apparently at a party where alcohol was being served.

Drinking alcohol is a violation of Couch's probation. …

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