Posted: Aug 26, 2011 5:55 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A Lafourche Parish grand jury is to hear evidence against a 30-year-old Thibodaux man who allegedly confessed to beheading his disabled 7-year-old son.
Prosecutors will ask the panel convened Friday to indict Jeremiah Wright, who was booked Aug. 14 with first-degree murder of Jori Lirette.
Jori was killed, dismembered, and his head set in the yard.
Wright's bond is $5 million.
A sworn police statement says Wright told investigators that his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jesslyn Lirette, said she was moving him to his mother's house.
Wright also allegedly said he was tired of caring for Jori, who needed a feeding tube and a wheelchair, and had little speech - and that he had recently realized that he was not carrying for his son but for a CPR dummy.
If the grand jury charges Wright with first-degree murder and he is convicted, the only possible penalties would be life in prison or death by injection.
According to the police affidavit, Wright told police that he left Jori's head by the side of the road so Lirette would see it when she came home and "feel stupid." By the time she arrived, police were already there and had removed the head.
Jori was buried Tuesday. Hundreds of people attended his funeral, and about 500 were at a candlelight vigil Sunday night.
Jori's medical problems included cerebral palsy and heart trouble; he had limited speech.
Although Lafourche Parish District Attorney Camille "Cam" Morvant II has said he plans to try the case against Wright, an assistant district attorney will present evidence to the grand jury. Morvant is in court with another sensational case out of Thibodaux - the trial of a man accused of killing a priest in 1992, when he was 14 years old.
Morvant has said that he thinks a fair jury can be found in Lafourche Parish, in spite of intense coverage about Jori's death, Wright's arrest and his relationship with Jesslyn Lirette.
Court records show that Lirette got a restraining order against Wright less than a week before Jori's premature birth, and another one when the boy was less than six months old.