FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A state appeals court has ruled that attorneys for a North Texas teen who killed four people in a drunken crash must turn over records of the psychiatrist who testified the teen suffered from “affluenza.”
The 2nd Texas Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday against Ethan Couch on whether his attorneys can withhold records of Dr. Dick Miller. Couch is being sued by the family of one of the children injured in last year’s crash.READ MORE: North Texas Law Enforcement Disappointed In Gov. Abbott's Veto Of Domestic Violence Education Bill
Couch is now being treated in a state-run facility.
Miller testified at Couch’s sentencing hearing that the teen, then 16, had been coddled by his wealthy parents into a sense of irresponsibility, a condition he called “affluenza.” Miller said that upbringing led Couch to a series of alcohol related problems and ultimately the deadly crash last June.
Michael Yanof, an attorney for Couch, said Tuesday that he was evaluating whether to appeal the ruling.READ MORE: Dallas County DA Reverses Plans To Seek Death Penalty For Alleged Serial Killer Billy Chemirmir
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