Transcript for 'Affluenza' Teen's Mom Tonya Couch Posts Bond
We will begin with Tonya couch, remember, she's the mother of that affluenza teen posting bond this morning after a judge slashed her bail. ABC's Ryan Owens is in ft. Worth with the latest. Good morning, Ryan. Reporter: Good morning, George. She is expected to walk out of this jail in just a couple of hours. That's after her defense team was able to convince a judge that the so-called affluenza mom is not so affluent anymore. She's the so-called affluenza mom who the sheriff says has been complaining about her accommodations behind bars. This morning, Tonya couch may get to leave. This Texas judge reducing her bond from a whopping $1 million to 75,000 after she pleaded not guilty. We're talking about a third degree felony. We're not talking about a capital murder. I got to make my decisions based upon the law alone. Reporter: The judge pointing out Tonya couch is accused of a nonviolent crime. Hindering the apprehension of a fugitive. Namely her son Ethan. The duo disappeared last month after video was posted online of Ethan at a party where others were seen playing beer pong. That's a violation of his probation for killing four people in this 2013 drunk driving crash. His attorneys arguing the teen suffered from affluenza, that he was too spoiled to know right from wrong. The mother's arrest warrant says the duo drove to Mexico after Tonya withdrew $30,000 cash and told her estranged husband he would never see them again. How much money is in that account if she were to have access to it? Last time I saw it was negative 99 million. He told the judge attorneys froze the mother's bank accounts and she owns no property. That it all lobelongs to her soon-to-be ex-husband. If released he'll live with him. She'll have to wear a gps ankle bracelet and pay back the county the more than $3,000 it cost to fly her back to Texas. What about Ethan? He is still in Mexico fighting extradition. Next week there will be a hearing here. Whether he's here or not, to determine if his case will finally be moved to adult court. George. O. Ryan, let's talk to Dan Abrams about this. The purpose of bail is prevent somebody from running away. These proven she can run away. Why the huge reduction in bail? This isn't a million dollar bail case. These two, Ethan and her mother are two of the most hated people in America. Although he's in Mexico. That doesn't mean that you change the rules because you want to get them. The purpose of bail is not to punish. It's to make sure she shows up. She will be under 24-hour home confinement and wear an ankle bracelet. Two incredibly restrictive requirements to make sure she's not going anywhere. To be honest this makes a lot of sense it's much more realistic. Shouldn't have been a million dollars. I don't think so, no. Meanwhile, you've budget scratching your head over this decision by Ethan just to sit there in Mexico and fight extradition. I have no idea what he's doing there. I mean, he's in a detention center in Mexico, not serving the 120 days max he could possibly get here in the united States. Now, is it possible a judge will give him credit for that? Maybe. If a judge doesn't you have to ask yourself what the heck is he doing? He will get extradited here. So it's just a matter of when. Meanwhile, you've got Tonya's lawyer seeming to plant the possible seeds of an insanity mental health defense. The judge ordering a mental health evaluation and everyone immediately will say she better not get off on a mental health defense. The reality is all the judge is doing is making sure she's comfortable tent to stand trial. Meaning can she understand the proceedings against her and assist in her defense, et cetera. That's a very, very low standard. Dan Abrams, thanks very much.
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