'Affluenza' Teen Now in Adult Jail

Ethan Couch was transferred Friday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 5, 2016 4:45 PM CST
In this photo provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, Ethan Couch appears in a booking photo on February 5, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.   (Tarrant County Sheriff's Department via AP)

(Newser) – Authorities say a Texas judge changed his mind and decided to move "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch to an adult jail. Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson confirmed during a news conference Friday that the 18-year-old Couch was moved from a juvenile detention center in Fort Worth to the adult county jail. But the sheriff said Couch's case remains under the juvenile court's jurisdiction. Anderson and prosecutors had pushed Judge Timothy Menikos last week to move Couch to the adult jail, but the judge initially refused.

District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Samantha Jordan said the judge later changed his mind and met with Couch's attorneys on Thursday. She didn't provide details of the meeting. Anderson said Friday that he felt more comfortable with Couch "in a more secure environment." (Read more Ethan Couch stories.)

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