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Michigan Third Grader Writes Letter to Bully

Shamayne Neesley (QUINCY, Mich.) — A Michigan third grader chose to use words over violence after standing up for a friend of his who was being bullied.

Nicolas Neesley, 8, was on the playground of Jennings Elementary School in Quincy when his friend was getting pushed around by a fifth grader, his mom Shamayne Neesley told ABC News on Friday. Nicolas got involved and asked the boys “if the fight was necessary” before being “spit at” and “called a name.”

Even after the altercation, Nicolas was determined to be the fifth grader’s friend.

“He came home and told his father and I what happened and asked if he should be friends with the kid,” Shamayne Neesley said. “It was bugging Nic that the kid did not want to be friends with him.”

She told Nicolas to give it some time before trying to befriend the older kid, so he waited until Oct. 5, anti-bullying day at school, when the fifth grader wore black instead of the suggested color blue that supports anti-bullying.

Nicolas decided to write the letter that night to encourage a friendship, his mother said.

The letter, addressed to the school, reads “You don’t have to bully. If you don’t have any friends just make a friend it’s very simple. But you already have a friend, us.”

Nicolas’s heartwarming letter was read over the loud speaker at school by Principal Ron Olmsted, Olmsted confirmed to ABC News, who admitted that the letter touched him and was a great way to show the importance of anti-bullying.

“We do take child centered learning as our main priority,” Olmsted said. “So we took advantage of knowing it was national anti-bullying day to show that kids do care about no bullying.”

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Family of Michigan Teen Killed in Traffic Stop Sues

iStock/Thinkstock(MULLIKEN, Mich.) — The family of Deven Guilford, a Michigan teenager fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in February, has filed a federal lawsuit against the officer as well as the county, calling the stop “illegal.”

In the complaint, the family accused Eaton County Sgt. Jonathon Frost of using “excessive force” and acting “in an intentional, reckless, malicious manner” when he encountered 17-year-old Guilford on Feb. 28.

The complaint says the officer’s actions were “part of the custom, policies and practices of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department.”

“Under the Fourth Amendment, this was an unreasonable use of force,” said Hugh Davis, an attorney for the family.

Guilford was driving near Mulliken, Michigan, around 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28, when Frost drove by, heading in the opposite direction. When Guilford flashed his headlights “apparently attempting to get him to dim his headlights,” according to the complaint, Frost pulled him over.

Frost’s body camera captured some of his exchange with Guilford.

“Pulled you over because you flashed me,” Frost can be heard on the video. “I didn’t have my brights on.”

“Yes, you did, sir,” Guilford says.

“Nope, I didn’t, partner,” Frost replies.

Later, Guilford refused to give Frost his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance and then asked Frost for his badge number. Guilford, who family members said was on his way to his girlfriend’s house after a game of basketball, then started recording the encounter with Frost on his cellphone.

Frost refused to give his badge number and then tried to remove Guilford from the car. According to authorities, Frost used a Taser on Guilford but it was ineffective. During a subsequent scuffle, in which authorities say Guilford attacked Frost, repeatedly punching him in the head and pinning him to the ground, the officer shot Guilford seven times.

Frost was hospitalized with facial injuries. The entire incident lasted less than 6 minutes, according to the complaint.

Davis said that Frost had no reason to arrest the teen that night.

“The act of forcing Deven out of the car was also illegal — an illegal arrest — then forcing Deven to lie down in the snow like it was a felony arrest, when he didn’t have a right to arrest him at all, and then Tasering him, just created this escalation, which was entirely generated by the officer and not by Deven,” Davis said. “He didn’t do anything wrong. … The officer had no reason to stop him. … [Deven] didn’t deserve to be shot.”

In June, the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office cleared Frost of criminal wrongdoing, after examining Frost’s body camera video as well as cellphone video from Guilford. The office said that Frost “reasonably believed” Guilford posed a threat of “seriously bodily harm” or “death” and that Frost had acted in “self-defense.”

In a statement on Friday, Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich called the incident “a tragedy for everyone involved.”

“The last thing that Sgt. Frost or any law enforcement officer wants to do is to be put into a position where he is compelled to use his firearm to defend his life,” Reich said. “The prosecutors conclusion was that the force used by Sgt. Frost was lawful. … My office conducted an internal review, which determined that Sgt. Frost had not violated Eaton County Sheriff’s office regulations, general orders and his training. I stand by both of those determinations.”

The family is seeking a jury trial but did not disclose the amount of damages.

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Woman Finds Rare Artifact Over 10,000 Years Old on Beach

New Jersey State Museum(SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J.) — While walking along the Jersey Shore, a woman recently stumbled upon a rare spearhead about 10,000 to 11,000 years old, according to experts who believe the ancient artifact may hold clues into prehistoric life in the Americas.

The projectile point was examined this past Tuesday by curators at the New Jersey State Museum after Audrey Stanick — a 58-year-old resident of Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey — made the discovery on Oct. 6 while walking along a Seaside Heights beach with her sister looking for sea glass after a recent storm.

“I noticed it because it was very dark and shiny, and my sister from Florida who likes to collect sharks’ teeth taught me to always look out for dark and shiny things at the beach,” Stanick said. “Then, I remembered a boy made a similar discovery last year, so I got in contact with the museum.”

Stanick said she “had a great experience” watching one of the state museum’s curators study the spearhead on Tuesday.

“I looked at it under the microscope, took measurements with calipers and another colleague determined the point was made out of flint,” the museum’s assistant curator Dr. Gregory Lattanzi told ABC News on Friday. “It’s a pretty rare find. There are actually professional excavations to try and find points like these, so to be along the shore and see it washed up is pretty incredible.”

Lattanzi said that the flint, which is between 10,00 to 11,000 years old, is one of the older artifacts he’s seen from the Paleo-Indian period. He added that the spearhead was likely used by semi-nomadic natives who continuously sharpened the stone to hunt animals like deer and ancient caribou.

The artifact is also “significant because we now have another piece of evidence from prehistoric habitation sites from land previously exposed but now covered in water,” Lattanzi explained. Stanick’s “finding will help us get a better idea of just how far these sites may be located out in the ocean.”

Stanick told ABC News that she decided to keep the ancient spearhead.

“I read that a boy who found a similar spearhead last year in New Jersey donated it to the Smithsonian,” she said. “If I do ever end up donating it, I want to donate it to a New Jersey museum because I found it here and it belongs here. But for now, I’m going to keep it. Trust me, these places have a lot of artifacts, and I don’t think they’re going to miss mine.”

Stanick added that she currently has the spearhead “in a punch in my purse” and that she likes pulling it out randomly to showcase to people.

“To me, it’ just so amazing because it’s like I can’t believe I have something in my hand that someone created 10,000 to 11,000 years ago,” she said. “It’s really piqued my interest of finding things. I’d love to go on a dig. I guess I’ll see where the future takes me!”

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Husband-Wife Love Triangle Cited in Double Homicide

Anne Arundel County Police(BALTIMORE) — An alleged love triangle that resulted in two deaths has led to the arrest of a Maryland mother, her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend who police say teamed up to kill her husband and another woman living in the basement of the family home.

The slain woman had a romantic history with both the accused mom and her deceased husband, police said.

Anne Arundel County Police have unraveled the alleged plot that they say involved a fake suicide report, missing murder weapons and an apparent effort to have the victim’s daughter take the “fall” for her boyfriend.

The deaths were first reported Monday Oct. 5 when Ann Marie Anastasi called police to report that her husband, Anthony Anastasi Jr., had killed himself in their house, officials said.

She told investigators that she could hear him arguing with Jacqueline Riggs, the 25-year-old woman who lived in their basement, the night before, according to her charging document.

When he came back up to the bedroom that he shared with his wife, he told her “to get the kittens and for her to get out of their bedroom,” before he locked the doors, she told police said.

Ann Anastasi told police that she didn’t realize her husband was dead until the next morning. “When she returned home from the grocery store she tried to wake Anastasi Jr. for a doctor appointment,” the police charging document states.

She told investigators that she then saw a gun lying next to him in the bed and she called police.

Police say they later determined, however, that the gun lying next to Anastasi was not the same make or caliber as the bullet that had been used to shoot him in the chest. They also “found gunshot residue on Ann Anastasi’s person and clothing,” the police report states.

Police also found Riggs stabbed to death in the basement. Both her and Anastasi’s deaths have been ruled homicides. Police have not recovered either of the weapons. Nor have they said who allegedly killed whom.

It was only when Ann Anastasi and her 13-year-old daughter were brought in for questioning at the police station that the troubled state of their marriage came to light, including that both Ann and Anthony Anastasi had had romantic relationships with Riggs before her death, police said.

“It was determined the marriage between Ann Anastasi and Anastasi Jr. was fraught with conflict and domestic abuse. Historically Ann Anastasi, Riggs and Anastasi Jr. were all sexual-romantic partners,” the charging document states.

Police went on to describe the marriage as “strained” but noted that Riggs, who had moved into the family’s basement this summer, was still having a romantic relationship with Anastasi Jr. but no longer with Ann Anastasi.

When police looked over Ann Anastasi’s cell phone records from the night of Oct. 4 into the morning of Oct. 5, they discovered that “there was communication with another phone/individual conspiring between the above defendant [Ann Anastasi] and juvenile [her 13-year-old daughter],” according to the charging document.

ABC News is not releasing the name of the daughter because of her age.

The text messages mentioned the “murder of two individuals” as well as details like the “exchange of a handgun” and transportation to the crime scene, according to Ann Anastasi’s charging document.

Police say they were able to determine that the other person involved in the text exchanges was Gabriel Ezekial Struss, the 18-year-old boyfriend of the 13-year-old daughter.

Ann Anastasi picked him up on the night of the slayings and took him to her home, according to Struss’ charging documents.

Police say they were also able to determine that the 13-year-old had been texting Struss about how she would be “taking the ‘fall’ or blame for the murders,” his charging documents state.

Ann Anastasi was taken into custody Thursday and charged with two counts of first- and second-degree murder, as well as use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. She is being held without bond.

The daughter was also taken into custody and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and accessory after the fact. She was put in juvenile detention.

Struss was arrested this morning and charged with two counts of first- and second-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first- and second-degree murder, and two counts of firearm use in a felony crime of violence.

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At Least Six Injured After Scaffolding Collapse in Houston

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — At least six people are injured following a scaffolding collapse in Houston Friday morning, ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV reports.

The collapse happened after 11 a.m. at an apartment complex under construction. All six injured were working at the site at the time of the incident. Their injuries are non life-threatening, but significant, Houston Fire Department Capt. Ruy Lozano tells KTRK.

Firefighters are digging through the rubble, searching for anyone else who may be trapped.

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‘Affluenza’ DUI Case: Never-Before-Seen Deposition Tapes

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) — Never-before-seen deposition tapes reveal new details of how Texas teen Ethan Couch and his parents viewed his privileged upbringing that became the core of his defense in the so-called “Affluenza” DUI case.

The deposition tapes, which were obtained by ABC News, are from a 2013 civil suit brought against Couch, his parents Tonya and Fred Couch, and the family’s multimillion-dollar sheet metal company Cleburne Sheet Metal after the teenager killed four people and paralyzed another in a fatal DUI car accident on June 15, 2013.

Ethan Couch and his parents did not testify at the criminal case that followed, so these tapes show the family talking about what happened in their own words for the first time under oath.

During the deposition, Ethan Couch, who was 16 years old at the time of the accident, described a privileged life seemingly with few rules or consequences. He testified that he did drugs, that he thought his mother knew he drank alcohol and warned him not to drink and drive the night of the accident, that his parents allowed him to start driving by himself at age 13, and that he often stayed alone in the family’s second home in Burleson, Texas.

Tonya and Fred Couch admitted in the deposition that they allowed their son to stay without supervision in the Burleson home and to drive before he was of legal age, but denied knowing about his drinking habits. Fred Couch testified that “[Ethan] seemed pretty responsible.”

When asked if she had ever disciplined Ethan for anything, Tonya Couch testified in the deposition that she would “sometimes … take little things away from him or we would just discuss the problems.” When asked if she could recall the last time she disciplined her son, Tonya replied, “I don’t remember.”

On the night of June 15, 2013, Couch’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when he got behind the wheel of his father’s red pick-up truck with seven other teens inside after a night of partying, authorities said.

That night, Couch barreled down the road at approximately 70 miles an hour when he lost control of the truck, swerved into a ditch and plowed into a group of people who were helping a stranded motorist on the side of the road, killing four of them instantly, authorities said.

When asked during the deposition if he remembered pulling out of the driveway, Ethan Couch said, “Not really.” The next thing he said he remembered was “waking up handcuffed to the hospital bed.”

Couch pleaded guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault on Dec. 4, 2013.

At the sentencing hearing, Couch’s legal team called prominent psychologist Dr. G. Dick Miller to the stand to testify on Couch’s behalf. Miller said that Couch’s upbringing and a lack of consequences for his actions caused him to suffer from “Affluenza.”

The prosecution advocated for Couch to receive a 20-year prison term, but instead he was sentenced to 10 years of probation and time in a rehab facility, a ruling that shocked the victims’ families and made national headlines.

Following the criminal case ruling, six families whose relatives were involved in the fatal accident brought civil suits against the Couches and the family’s business. The Couches settled all of the suits without admitting any wrongdoing.

“Never once has Ethan apologized in any shape or form,” said Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter in the 2013 crash.

Another family, the McConnells, whose son Lucas, now 15, was injured in the crash, was the last family to settle. At first, they fought to take the Couches to court, which is what led Ethan Couch, his parents, Ethan’s friends and psychologist Dr. G. Dick Miller to be disposed.

During his deposition, Miller said he had “strongly” recommended in the criminal sentencing that Couch needed to be separated from his parents and that their parenting “strongly enabled” the deadly accident.

Fred Couch tried to distance himself from the “affluenza” defense during his deposition, testifying that, “I don’t even know that I believe affluenza is real.” He denied that he and Tonya Couch were “profoundly dysfunctional” parents and “never” taught Ethan the rules didn’t apply to him.

Tonya Couch also testified that she “never saw the child drink.” But Ethan’s friend Starr Teague testified in the deposition that she had been drinking with Ethan in front of his mother at the family’s Fort Worth home one week before the 2013 crash.

Even on the night of the crash, Teague testified that Ethan had been texting with his mother and she “knew that we were drinking, she was like, ‘well just don’t drink and drive.’”

Just four months before the fatal crash, police had stopped a 15-year-old Couch at 1 a.m., who was drunk and relieving himself in a parking lot. Though he was alleged to be in clear violation of five different laws that night, Couch got away with a summons and was sent home with his mother Tonya Couch, according to one of the McConnells’ attorneys, Todd Clement.

During the deposition, Tonya Couch testified she didn’t tell Fred Couch that their son had been drunk the night of the parking lot incident because she “wasn’t sure how he would react” if he knew “the whole truth.”

As punishment for the summons, Fred Couch testified that he made Ethan walk to work for a month, but Ethan denied that ever happened. “I don’t remember ever having to walk to work,” he said during the deposition.

For that incident, Ethan was required to complete an alcohol awareness course and eight hours of community service within 90 days. But Tonya Couch testified in the deposition that her son never did the community service.

When asked by Greg Coontz, one of the McConnells’ attorneys, if she understood that Ethan would likely continue drinking and driving if there weren’t consequences for his actions, Tonya Couch replied, “I should have, yes.”

“I should have known that,” she continued. “I really didn’t think that that would happen again.”

When Ethan Couch was asked during the deposition if there was “always alcohol” at the Burleson house, he said, “not always,” but “most of the time, yes.” He admitted to there being drugs at the house and proceeded to list the number of drugs he had tried.

“I’ve taken Valium, Hydrocodone, marijuana, cocaine, Xanax and I think I tried ecstasy once, pretty sure that was it,” Couch testified.

Nearly two and a half years since the June 2013 crash, Couch, who is now 18 years old and still on probation, is out of rehab and working at his father’s business, Cleburne Sheet Metal. The Couches declined ABC News’ 20/20’s requests for comment for this report.

The McConnells have settled their suit with the Couches but they and the other victims’ families remain convinced that this accident was preventable. But over time, some hope to find forgiveness.

“It’s a daily decision to forgive,” said Shaunna Jennings, whose husband was one of the people who had stopped to help the stranded motorist when he was killed. “[Hate] doesn’t do anything except punish you. … I can’t live my life bitter or angry.”

Watch the full story on ABC News’ 20/20 Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

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Tamir Rice’s Mother Calls for Prosecutor’s Office to Step Aside

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — The mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot dead by a Cleveland police officer last year, is calling for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office to step aside and is asking for a special prosecutor to take control of the criminal investigation into her son’s death.

“Since the senseless shooting of my son Tamir Rice I have had many sleepless nights and days,” Samaria Rice said at a news conference in Cleveland Friday, appearing alongside her attorneys. “Almost a year now, no justice, no peace.”

Rice said she is “disappointed” in how the prosecutor is handling the case. Rice added that she is praying the public continues to ask questions and seek the truth.

Tamir was holding a toy gun when officer Timothy Loehmann shot him at a Cleveland playground in November 2014.

Reports from two outside experts who examined the use of deadly force in the case were released last weekend by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and concluded that the shooting was “reasonable.”

The reports from the experts, who had been retained by Cleveland prosecutors, come before a grand jury will decide whether criminal charges are warranted in Tamir’s death.

An attorney for Rice said on Friday that the flaws in the reports were too numerous to recite at the news conference and that they are instead set out in a detailed letter to the prosecutor.

Rice considers the reports “pro-police and fundamentally flawed,” according to a Thursday release from her attorney.

Rice and her attorney claim the reports “ignored crucial facts and were skewed in favor of exonerating the officers.”

But the prosecutor’s office said when releasing the reports, it is “not reaching any conclusions from these reports. The gathering of evidence continues and the Grand Jury will evaluate it all.”

“We continue to invite public dialogue regarding the use of deadly force in this and other cases with the goal of preventing these tragic occurrences,” the prosecutor’s office said.

“The ultimate decision on reasonableness will be made by the citizens of this county through the Grand Jury,” the prosecutor’s office said.

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Tamir Rice’s Family to Call for Special Prosecutor

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — The family of Tamir Rice is demanding a special prosecutor look into the 12-year-old’s death at the hands of Cleveland police officers.

In an eight page letter, Rice’s mother, Samaria, calls for Cuyhaoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty to step down from the investigation.

The family is frustrated by a report by independent experts that was released by McGinty’s office, claiming police were acting “reasonably” when they shot the boy last November.

Samaria Rice says in her letter that the investigation was biased and pro-police, and that there were deficiencies. She also feels the case is taking too long to get to a grand jury.

Rice is expected to hold a press conference Friday to “express dismay at the conduct of the Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in its purported ‘criminal investigation’ of the officers,” according to her lawyer’s office.

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Heavy Rain Causes Mudslides Across Southern California

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Drivers in southern California had to be rescued from their cars after heavy rain storms triggered mudslides in the area.

Vehicles were completely buried under a sea of mud that shut down a 30-mile stretch of Interstate 5 — one of California’s busiest highways. A number of secondary roads also have been left impassable from the mudflow.

ABC News’ Ginger Zee warns that more wet weather could be on the way in the western U.S. Watch the video:

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‘Affluenza’ DUI Case: What Happened Night of the Accident That Left 4 People Dead

Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office(NEW YORK) — The so-called “affluenza” case of a Texas teenager who caused a fatal car accident that killed four people and severely wounded another made national headlines in 2013 when 16-year-old Ethan Couch’s defense team used an unusual argument during the trial.

During Couch’s sentencing, a psychologist hired by the defense testified that the teen was a product of “affluenza” — a term used to describe Couch’s irresponsible lifestyle associated with his affluent upbringing — and that irresponsible parenting had “strongly enabled” the accident, despite the fact that Couch had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit on the night of the crash.

Here is a breakdown of what happened on the night of the accident and at Ethan Couch’s sentencing hearing.

Watch the full story on ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, Oct. 16, at 10 p.m. ET.

On the night of June 15, 2013, Eric Boyles and his wife, Hollie, were enjoying a night at their Burleson, Texas, home, catching up with their 21-year-old daughter, Shelby, who was home on break from nursing school. After dining on a family favorite meal of fried chicken, Eric Boyles said the three curled up on the couches in their living room to watch a movie.

Down the street, Kevin and Alesia McConnell were hosting a high school graduation party for their family friend, Evan Jennings. As the party wound down, Pastor Brian Jennings, Evan’s father, loaded up his white pick-up truck with the tables and folding chairs they had borrowed from the church for the party.

“It was an awesome night. If I had to choose the way I wanted to spend my last night to see Brian, you know, that’s how I would have set it up,” Kevin McConnell told ABC News’ 20/20.

In the same neighborhood, 16-year-old Ethan Couch was having a party of his own. Couch, who had allegedly been living unsupervised at his parents’ second home on Burleson-Retta Road, invited over a few friends and the teens spent the night playing beer pong and taking shots of the grain alcohol Everclear, according Garret Ballard, one of Couch’s friends who was at the party.

What Brought Everyone to Burleson-Retta Road

Around 11 p.m., the movie that the Boyles family was watching had just ended when Hollie and Shelby noticed some commotion outside of their house. Eric Boyles said the three walked out the front door to find a wrecked Mercury Mountaineer had spun out and crashed into their neighbor’s culvert.

The shaken up driver was on her way home from a catering job. While the driver of the Mountaineer used Shelby Boyles’ cell phone to call her mother for help, Eric Boyles carried a mailbox that had been knocked over by the Mountaineer up to his house.

Meanwhile, at the McConnell’s, 12-year-old Lucas McConnell asked his mother if he and his friend, Isaiah McLaughlin, could ride with his godfather, Pastor Brian Jennings, to help return the tables and folding chairs that the families used for the graduation party.

As the three were traveling down Burleson-Retta Road, they saw the Mountaineer on the side of the road and Jennings pulled over to help. Lucas McConnell told 20/20 that the pastor told the two boys, “Y’all sit tight, I’ll be back in just a minute.”

“And that was like the last thing that he said to us, and then he just got out of the car,” McConnell said.

And back at Ethan Couch’s house, the party was going strong until Starr Teague, the only teen at the party who wasn’t drinking, told Couch she needed to get to a convenience store. Despite many of the teens telling Couch he was too drunk to drive, all eight of them piled into Couch’s red Ford F-350, six in the cab of the truck and two in the truck bed.

In deposition tapes obtained by ABC News, Teague testified, “I was very, very hesitant. It didn’t feel right getting in.”

The Moment of the Fatal Accident

As Pastor Jennings, Hollie and Shelby Boyles and the driver of the disabled SUV were waiting on the side of the road, Ethan Couch pulled out of his driveway. A highly-intoxicated Couch sped down the narrow two-lane country road, reportedly travelling at nearly 70 miles per hour and even playing chicken with oncoming cars, according to Tarrant County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Richard Alpert.

In deposition tapes obtained by ABC News, Couch’s friend, Starr Teague, testified, “I was yelling at him that he needed to get over. And when he swerved, the back tires jerked, and we skidded off into the side ditch.”

Another passenger in the truck, Garrett Ballard, testified he “just remembered seeing something in the road and then loud bang, then I remember being in the air.”

Couch’s reckless driving set off a chain reaction that resulted in a horrific and fatal scene. Assistant Criminal District Attorney Richard Alpert explained to 20/20 that swerving back over caused Couch to go off the road and hit the disabled SUV and all four people standing around the car. Couch’s truck then hit Brian Jennings’ vehicle and knocked it across the roadway into on-coming traffic.

From inside his home, Eric Boyles heard an explosion that shook his house.

“I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t think that it would involve my wife and daughter. But I knew immediately it wasn’t good,” Boyles told 20/20.

He went back outside in search of his wife and daughter and was horrified at the chaotic scene unfolding in front of his house. Car parts, bodies and debris were scattered everywhere, he said.

“Once I found Hollie and, and I knew that … she was gone. Then it was a matter of ‘OK, so where is Shelby?'” Boyles said. And about 20 feet down the road, Boyles found the body of his daughter thrown up against a fence.

Kevin McConnell, Pastor Brian Jennings’s best friend, then drove upon the wreck.

“The debris in the road that I saw was the chairs that we had been taking back to the church and my heart just sank. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, it’s Brian,'” McConnell recounted. McConnell scrambled out of his car and found Jennings lying in a ditch.

Just moments later, Brian Jennings’ wife, Shaunna Jennings, who was driving home from her son Evan Jennings’ graduation party, arrived on the hellish scene. “I saw him [Brian] and knew that it wasn’t good because I could see Kevin was doing CPR on him. It’s almost like watching a movie. It’s not like it’s happening to you. But it was,” Shaunna Jennings told 20/20.

Where Ethan Couch Was Found After the Accident

News of the horrific accident on the quiet country road quickly spread on social media. About a quarter mile from the scene of the wreck, Shanna Clark and her teenage son, Corbin, were driving down the road when they came upon a passed out teenager lying in a ditch. Shauna pulled off the road to tend to the shaggy-haired teen who was only wearing a pair of swim trunks.

“Stay with him,” Shanna Clark recalled to 20/20 instructing her son. “I am gonna go down here and try to find help.”

Corbin Clark told 20/20 that a disoriented Couch, who had a scratch on his back and blood on his chest, eventually woke up.

“‘Hey man, I am, I am Ethan, I can get you out of all of this.’ And I was like … I guess he thought I was involved,” Corbin Clark recalled.

Once Shanna Clark arrived back at the scene with officers, she said Couch resisted their attempts get him medical attention. As the officers tried to calm him down, the belligerent teen struggled and said, “I can’t afford an ambulance. I can’t afford this.”

What Happened After Ethan Couch Admitted Guilt

Following the crash that rattled the tiny town of Burleson, prosecutors charged Ethan Couch with four counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault. Couch admitted guilt, and the sentencing hearing that followed garnered international attention and sparked outrage.

At the December 2013 hearing, Couch’s powerhouse legal team called prominent psychologist Dr. G. Dick Miller to the stand to testify on Couch’s behalf. Miller claimed that Couch’s wealthy upbringing and a lack of consequences for his actions caused him to suffer from “affluenza.”

During his deposition, Miller said he had “strongly” recommended in the criminal sentencing that Couch needed to be separated from his parents and that their parenting “strongly enabled” the deadly accident.

Assistant Criminal District Attorney Richard Alpert said Miller “got up there and he talked about the fact that the reason for this crime was he was a child of privilege and his parents didn’t say no to him. It was ridiculous.”

But while the prosecution advocated for 20 years behind bars, the judge sentenced Ethan Couch to 10 years of probation and time in a rehab facility.

What Happened to the Victims and Their Families

Since the fatal June 2013 crash, six separate civil suits have been filed against Ethan Couch, his parents, Tonya and Fred Couch, and the Couch family business, Cleburne Sheet Metal.

Family members of victims who were killed in the crash — Pastor Brian Jennings, the driver of the Mercury Mountaineer and Hollie and Shelby Boyles — have all settled their suits.

The family of Sergio Molina, a teen who was thrown from the bed of Couch’s truck, filed and settled a suit on his behalf. Molina suffered a serious brain injury and can no longer speak or move.

Additionally, the families of Lucas McConnell and Isaiah McLaughlin, who were in Pastor Brian Jennings’s white truck at the time of the crash, filed and settled suits with the Couch family.

All the cases settled without the defendants admitting fault.

Where Ethan Couch Is Today

While still on probation, Ethan Couch is out of rehab and working at his father’s business, Cleburne Sheet Metal.

The Couches declined 20/20‘s requests for comment for this report.

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