FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – A hearing has been delayed to consider whether a 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.
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.