The mother of the Texas teenager who famously applied the “affluenza” defense while on trial in connection with a destructive vehicle clang was set to leave prison Tuesday after posting a sharply increased attachment.
Tarrant County Sheriff said late Monday that Tonya Couch would be liberated the following morning “barring any unseen delays.” Here monday, a reviewer had lowered Couch’s bond from$ 1 million to $75,000.
Couch will be required to wear an electronic ankle monitor and remain at the home of her 29 -year-old son Steven McWilliams, except for appointments with her doctor and lawyer.
“I require her at her son’s home, and that’s where I require her to bide, ” said State District Judge Wayne Salvant, who too ordered Couch to compensate nearly $3,200 in restitution to the sheriff’s power for the cost of transporting her back to Texas from Los Angeles.
The 48 -year-old woman is charged with preventing the apprehension of a felon after she and her son, Ethan Couch, were caught in a Mexican used metropoli. Ethan, 18, killed four beings in a 2013 clang and was facing charges that he violated his probation.
Authorities say Tonya Couch took $30,000 and absconded with Ethan to Mexico out of were afraid that her son “wouldve been” put behind bars for infringing his probation. The 2 are catch Dec. 28 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Tonya Couch was brought back to Texas last week after first being taken to Los Angeles. Ethan Couch remains in a Mexico City detention facility, where he is racing his extradition.
Salvant said he understood prosecutors’ regards that Couch might flee again, but that service charges against her, while a third-degree misdemeanour, wasn’t serious enough to merit a$ 1 million bond.
Ethan Couch was 16 and driving at three times the law poisoning restriction for adult motorists when he rammed a pickup truck into a gang of people trying to help stranded motorists on the side of a North Texas road. Four people were killed in the June 2013 wreck.
A juvenile court judge returned the teenage 10 years’ probation, outraging attorneys who had called for him to face detention time. The action gleaned widespread derision after the panel of experts called by Ethan Couch’s advocates indicated “hes been” coddled into a sense of irresponsibility by his prosperous mothers, a condition the panel of experts announced “affluenza.”
Despite all of the previous testimony about the teen’s affluent upbringing, his mother’s lawyers disagreed she had few resources to her own epithet and couldn’t pay the cost of a$ 1 million bond.
McWilliams testified Monday that his mother’s bank account had been frozen by a court order and he wasn’t able to access it. He likewise told a prosecutor upon questioning that he wouldn’t have been surprised to have seen $100,000 from the sale of a house in the account.
Tonya Couch is separated from Fred Couch, Ethan’s father, who owns a suburban Fort Worth business that does large-scale metal roofing. According to an detention authorize, Tonya Couch accuses of telling Fred Couch that he would never verify her or Ethan again before fleeing.
McWilliams testified that Fred Couch was “fairly adamant” he wasn’t going to give her money.
Tarrant County criminal investigator Darran Gabbert testified Monday that Tonya and Ethan Couch had a “planning meeting” with several other parties before departing from Mexico. One being at that gather was a teenage “whos” Ethan Couch’s truck at the time of the accident, Gabbert said.
Gabbert said that teen’s lawyer had contacted him to say the teenage had Ethan Couch’s driver’s permission and a debit card. The teenage didn’t have his own ID, however, Gabbert said.
Tonya and Ethan Couch search for and a few weeks after disappearing. Dominions say they were able to track them after the two ordered a pizza.
A Texas magistrate on Friday signed an tell to peruse Tonya Couch for “mental illness and mental retardation.” The tell said the court established there was reasonable cause to believe she “has a mental illness or is a person with a mental retardation.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report .