Latest: Judge reduces bond for mother of 'affluenza' teen

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Posted: Jan 11, 2016 5:20 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The latest on Tonya Couch, the mother of a Texas teen who used an "affluenza" defense in a drunken wreck, who sought a reduction of a $1 million bond after she and her son were captured in Mexico:

3:45 p.m.

A judge has sharply reduced the bond of the mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a drunken wreck.

Tonya Couch's new bond was set Monday at $75,000, down from $1 million.

Tonya Couch was brought back to Texas last week after being caught with 18-year-old Ethan Couch in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. She's now charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon.

State District Judge Wayne Salvant said Monday that her original bond was too high for the charge she faces. Salvant ordered Couch to wear a GPS monitor if she posts bond.

Ethan Couch, who remains in a Mexico City detention facility, drunkenly crashed into a crowd of people in June 2013, killing four people. He received 10 years' probation.

The case drew widespread derision after an expert called by Couch's lawyers argued Couch had been coddled into a sense of irresponsibility by his wealthy parents, a condition the expert called "affluenza."

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2:45 p.m.

The mother of a Texas teen who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a drunken wreck is asking for a reduction of her bond after the two fled the United States.

Tonya Couch was brought back to Texas last week after being caught with 18-year-old Ethan Couch in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta.

She's charged with hindering apprehension of a felon. She's being held on $1 million bond.

Son Steven McWilliams testified at a hearing Monday that his mother can't pay a bond that high.

According to an arrest warrant, Tonya Couch had taken $30,000 from a bank account and told Ethan's father he would never see them again. They fled after Ethan Couch was accused of potentially violating his probation.