The Latest: 'Affluenza' teen's mom complains about jail cell

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Posted: Jan 08, 2016 11:33 AM
The Latest: 'Affluenza' teen's mom complains about jail cell

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):

10:30 a.m.

A sheriff says a "woman with means" whose fugitive teenage son used an "affluenza" defense to avoid prison after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck has complained about the conditions in her Texas jail cell.

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said at a news conference Friday that he responded to Tonya Couch's complaints by saying it "is a jail, not a resort."

Couch made an initial appearance at court Friday on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon.

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.

The mother and son were arrested in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta late last month.

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9:30 a.m.

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.

State District 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.

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This item has been corrected to show that Wayne Salvant is a state district judge, not a Tarrant County judge.

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12:30 a.m.

The mother of a fugitive teen who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a drunken crash is set to be arraigned on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon.

Tonya Couch was taken to the Tarrant County jail on Thursday after arriving at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on a flight from Los Angeles. Her arraignment is scheduled for Friday morning.

Authorities believe Couch and her 18-year-old son, Ethan Couch, fled Texas in November as prosecutors investigated whether Ethan Couch had violated his probation. A video surfaced that appeared to show him at a party where people were drinking.

The two were arrested in Mexico late last month.

Tonya Couch's attorneys have said she is "eager to have her day in court."