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Aug 16, 2011 12:24 PM by AP

Man accused of cutting off son's head gets lawyer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man accused of decapitating his disabled 7-year-old son has been assigned a lawyer experienced in death-penalty cases.

Kerry Cuccia  says his appointment Tuesday doesn't mean prosecutors will seek the death penalty for 30-year-old Jeremiah Lee Wright.

He says the Capital Defense Project of Southeast Louisiana tries to get involved whenever anyone is booked with first-degree murder, which can bring a death sentence.

Police say Wright confessed to killing Jori Lirette, who had many medical problems and very limited speech.

Uniformed Lafourche Parish deputies held hands with mother Jesslyn Lirette as she walked into the parish courthouse Tuesday.

Wright was escorted by two male deputies.

Police Chief Scott Silvestrii said Monday that motive was unclear, but that Wright said he was tired of caring for the boy.

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