FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense for a fatal drunken-driving wreck will remain in jail, for now.
Ethan Couch appeared in adult court for the first time Wednesday. State District Judge Wayne Salvnt says he will not make an immediate decision on how much longer Couch must remain in the Tarrant County jail.
The 19-year-old Couch killed four people and seriously injured two others in June 2013 when he rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a disabled motorist. His blood-alcohol level was three times above the legal limit for adult drivers.
Couch has been in Texas custody since January, a month after he and his mother were caught in Mexico after fleeing a possible probation violation.