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Feb 6, 2013 1:50 PM by AP

Judge to rule on alleged killer's competency

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A Lafourche Parish judge is reviewing testimony and evidence about the sanity of a Thibodaux man accused of beheading his disabled son. The Daily Comet reports that Judge John LeBlanc has said he will rule Thursday on whether Jeremiah Wright is competent for trial.

Wright's attorneys have not entered a plea to the charge of first-degree murder.

LeBlanc won't be considering whether Wright was sane on Aug. 14, 2011, when 7-year-old Jori Lirette was killed and dismembered and his head left in the yard of the Thibodaux house where Wright lived with the boy's mother.

LeBlanc told attorneys on Monday that he doesn't think there's any argument about whether Wright understands the nature of the proceedings. He says the question is whether Wright can help his attorneys.


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