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Family of Texas boy hurt in wreck caused by teen who argued he suffered from 'affluenza' continues suit

By Nomaan Merchant

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, March 26 2014 3:17 p.m. MDT

Ethan Couch, center, sits in juvenile court for a hearing about his future Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. Judge Jean Boyd again decided to give no jail time for Couch, who was sentenced to 10 years' probation in a drunken-driving crash that killed four people, and ordered him to go to a rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents. The sentence stirred fierce debate, as has the testimony of a defense expert who says Couch's wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility. The expert termed the condition "affluenza."

LM Otero, Associated Press

BURLESON, Texas — A 13-year-old boy says he's still trying to make sense of a deadly wreck caused by a 16-year-old drunken driver whose defense infamously argued he suffered from "affluenza."

Lucas McConnell spoke briefly Wednesday at a news conference organized by his family's attorney, who announced that he'll pursue a civil trial of Ethan Couch's family.

Couch was given probation last year after admitting to killing four people on a dark, remote North Texas road while driving a pickup truck drunk and with drugs in his system.

The McConnell family's attorney, Todd Clement, said he intends to take the testimony of Couch and his parents, Fred and Tonya.

While Clement didn't rule out a settlement, he said he wanted a trial for "accountability and responsibility."

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