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Tonya Couch Hearing to Be Reset for Future Date

Tonya Couch, the North Texas mother charged with hindering apprehension of a felon and money laundering, was in and out of a Tarrant County courtroom within an hour Monday after her attorneys requested her hearing be reset.

Tonya Couch's hearing Monday will be reset for a future date after her attorney claimed both the defense and prosecution needed more time to investigate, but what they’re looking for he wouldn’t say.

Couch is accused of taking $30,000 and fleeing to Mexico with her son, Ethan Couch, late last year after a video was published on social media that appeared to show her son at a party where there was alcohol. Ethan Couch, who killed four people in 2013 while drinking and driving, was prohibited from drinking alcohol as a condition of his 10-year probation sentence.

Both Tonya and Ethan were found in Puerto Vallarta in December and were extradited to the United States the next month.

Tonya Couch is out of jail on a $75,000 bond and her attorney said the conditions were loosened slightly Monday to allow her to start looking for a job.

“Curfew regulations now are that she has to stay at home unless she’s looking for a job or she’s coming to her lawyer’s office, she’s reporting to court or probation's department. Just,  she can’t go where she wants to go when she wants to go," said Don Carter, Couch's attorney.

Couch’s attorney told it will be very difficult for to try to get a job right now.

The next hearing date hasn’t been set yet, but her attorney does expect this case to go to trial.

Ethan Couch, whose case was transferred to adult court in April, is currently serving two years in county jail as a part of his adult probation.

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