FORT WORTH, Texas — A North Texas sheriff who has been in the spotlight following the arrest in Mexico of a teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a 2013 fatal drunken-driving wreck has been beaten in a runoff election.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1OWj1zR ) reports that Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson was defeated Tuesday by Bill Waybourn, a retired police chief.
Anderson had said there was no need for a change, while Waybourn argued Anderson was out of touch with employees.
Anderson, sheriff since 2001, was outspoken in the case of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who was on probation when he fled to Mexico in December. Last month, a judge ordered the teen to serve nearly two years in jail.
Waybourn, a Republican, faces a Libertarian candidate in November. No Democrats are running.