Mom Of ‘Affluenza’ Teen Won’t Be In court

onya Couch, center, is taken by authorities to a waiting car after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Los Angeles. Authorities said she and her son, Texas teenager Ethan Couch, who was sentenced to probation after using an "affluenza" defense for a 2013 wreck in Texas, fled to Mexico together in November as prosecutors investigated whether he had violated his probation. Both were taken into custody Monday, Dec. 28, after authorities said a phone call for pizza led to their capture in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Tonya Couch, center, is taken by authorities to a waiting car after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Los Angeles. Authorities said she and her sonC Texas teenager Ethan Couch, who was sentenced to probation after using an "affluenza" defense for a 2013 wreck in Texas, fled to Mexico together in November as prosecutors investigated whether he had violated his probation. Both were taken into custody Monday, Dec. 28, after authorities said a phone call for pizza led to their capture in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — The latest in 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):

9:45 a.m.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office says no extradition hearing will be scheduled this week for Tonya Couch.

Authorities say Couch fled to Mexico with her 18-year-old son as Texas prosecutors investigated whether he violated probation in a drunken-driving case.

She was deported late Wednesday and flown to Los Angeles, where she's being held in jail. Her son, Ethan, is still being held in Mexico.

District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison says no hearing was planned Thursday in Los Angeles, ahead of the New Year's holiday, and that it's unclear whether she'll be court early next week.

Attorneys for Ethan Couch used an "affluenza" defense during the sentencing phase of his trial for the fatal 2013 drunken-driving accident, arguing that his wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility.

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10:30 a.m.

A Mexican immigration official says Texas teen Ethan Couch will have no special privileges at the Mexico City detention center where he is being held.

Couch is likely to spend, weeks, if not months, as he appeals his deportation back to the United States.

The immigration official spoke on condition of anonymity because he or she was not authorized to be quoted by name.

That official tells AP reporter Mark Stevenson that a judge has agreed to hear arguments on Couch's appeal.

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6:45 a.m.

Police say the mother of a fugitive Texas teen known for using an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving accident is being held in a Los Angeles jail after being deported from Mexico.

Officer Norma Eisenman says Tonya Couch was picked up by the LAPD's fugitive task force shortly after 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport.

Eisenman says Couch will be held until U.S. marshals arrive to take her to Texas, where she and her son, 18-year-old Ethan Couch, live and where he was on probation for the 2013 crash.

Authorities believe the Couches fled to Mexico in November as prosecutors investigated whether he had violated his probation. Ethan Couch remains in a Mexican jail.

Eisenman didn't know why Tonya Couch came through Los Angeles or when she would be transported.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Eugene Hwang said Thursday that he couldn't immediately comment.

Dec. 31, 2015 12:49 PM EST AP

 
 

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