Judge lowers bond for mother of 'affluenza' teen to $75,000

January 12, 2016 00:07


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A Texas judge on Monday slashed the bond required for a mother charged with helping her teenage son flee to Mexico after he was suspected of violating a probation deal that kept him out of prison in a fatal drunk driving crash.

Judge Wayne Salvant cut the bond for Tonya Couch to $75,000 from the previous $1 million in the felony case accusing her of helping her son Ethan leave the country. The son was derided for using a defense of "affluenza" in a trial in juvenile court with a psychiatrist testifying that his family's wealth impaired his judgment to tell right from wrong.

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