Texas Authorities Preparing for ‘Affluenza' Teen's Return to DFW

North Texas authorities are preparing for the "affluenza" teen to return to DFW.

An attorney representing Ethan Couch in Mexico says Couch could be back to the Lone Star state before the end of the week.

But at this point, even some local agencies involved with the case do not know exactly when Couch will be returned to Texas.

Sam Jordan, spokesperson for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, says Mexican authorities will escort Couch back to the U.S.

At that point they will hand him over the U.S. Marshals. The Marshals will then likely hand him over to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

Terry Grisham, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, says Couch will be taken directly from D/FW International Airport to a juvenile facility in Fort Worth. Couch’s case is still a juvenile case, even though he's over 18-years-old now.

There is a motion hearing scheduled in February 19 to transfer Couch’s case from juvenile court to adult court.

As soon as Couch returns to Tarrant County, a detention hearing will be held where a judge will decide on several things including if Couch will stay in a juvenile facility or an adult facility.

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