FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Prosecutors are asking a judge to revoke the bond posted by the mother of a Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense after he killed four people in a 2013 drunken-driving crash.
Tonya Couch has been free pending trial on charges of hindering apprehension of a felon and money laundering.
She and her son Ethan fled to Mexico in 2015 after video surfaced apparently showing him at a party with alcohol – a probation violation. Now, prosecutors allege that Tonya Couch possessed or consumed alcoholic beverages in violation of her bond. She tends bar in suburban Fort Worth.
At trial, a psychologist blamed “affluenza” – acting irresponsibly due to wealth – for Ethan Couch’s actions. He’s serving two years in jail as a condition of his 10 years’ probation.