FORT WORTH — State District Judge Jean Boyd has denied a request from attorneys representing local media outlets to conduct a hearing on whether a juvenile court hearing should remain open to the public.Attorneys for the Star-Telegram and other outlets had filed a plea in intervention to ask that they be given a hearing in the event of any requests to close future proceedings regarding Ethan Couch.Boyd sentenced Couch, 16, to 10 years’ probation after the teen admitted to driving drunk and causing a wreck that killed four people.After a brief hearing with attorneys Tuesday, Boyd denied the request for the plea in intervention but did not say whether she intends to close Couch’s next hearing, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Boyd, who received national publicity in December when she sentenced Couch, has barred media members from her courtroom twice in the past few weeks in a homicide case involving another teen. Boyd closed a pretrial certification hearing, saying media attention could influence a jury. On Jan. 22, she closed the hearing in which the accused teen, after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors, was sentenced to 26 years behind bars.The plea in intervention was filed in Boyd’s court by the Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, KDFW/Channel 4, KXAS/Channel 5, WFAA/Channel 8 and KTVT/Channel 11.
Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3