Ethan Couch hearing on transfer to adult court happens Friday

Affluenza teen Ethan Couch will go before a judge Friday morning and learn whether his case will be moved to adult court.

Couch was 16-years-old when he drove drunk and caused a crash that killed four people. Couch pleaded guilty as a juvenile and was controversially sentenced to probation after the now-famous affluenza testimony from an expert.

Couch is now 18 and violated that probation when he failed to check in with his probation officer in December and took off to Mexico with this mother.

If a Tarrant County judge moves his case to adult court and he violates probation he could be sent to prison.

"People are desperate for there to be some kind of justice taken,” said Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson.

Attorney Alex Kim is not associated with the case and said transferring Couch to the adult court system assures he'll be heavily supervised after he turns 19 in April and leaves the juvenile justice system.

'By transferring to the adult courts now he's under supervision for a longer period of time from the adult court to make sure he doesn't screw up doesn't continue drinking and driving even well into Ethan's adulthood,” Kim said.

Families of some of Couch's victims are expected at the hearing.

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