The “affluenza teen” who killed four people while driving drunk in 2013 should be chauffeured back to the United States sooner than expected now that his lawyers are ending his fight against extradition from Mexico.
Ethan Couch’s legal team filed papers in Jalisco state, but the 18-year-old still has to sign physical copies of the paperwork himself — not electronic copies — before the motion can be approved.
According to a Mexican official, it could still be a month before the fugitive returns to face a hearing into whether he violated his parole from the 2013 case.
“It is our understanding that paperwork has been filed by Ethan’s counsel in Mexico that will terminate the ongoing Mexican immigration proceedings,” read a statement from Ethan’s attorneys, Scott Brown and William Reagan Wynn.
“We believe that this will result in Ethan’s return to the United States within the next few weeks.”
Ethan and his mother, Tonya Couch, fled to Mexico — apparently to avoid his hearing — and were arrested after a two-week international manhunt. Tonya was deported to the United States last month, but Ethan filed court motions to delay his repatriation.
Once Ethan returns he will attend a hearing on a motion to transfer his parole-violation case to a district court.
Ethan was convicted of killing four people while driving drunk in 2013, but he was only sentenced to probation when his defense team convinced a judge that the then-16-year-old had been raised in an environment of such privilege that he didn’t understand right from wrong.
The youth was suspected of violating that probation when he allegedly appeared in a video on social media featuring a drinking game called beer pong.