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Oct 2, 2011 3:56 PM by AP

Man's Sanity in Slaying Can't Yet Be Considered

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Psychiatrists cannot yet consider whether a 30-year-old Thibodaux man was sane when authorities say he beheaded his disabled 7-year-old son over the kitchen sink and left the boy's head in their yard, a state district judge has decided.

For now, the sanity commission must decide whether Jeremiah Wright can help his lawyers defend him against the charge of first-degree murder of Jori Lirette, said Judge John LeBlanc of Lafourche Parish.

His ruling last month reversed an earlier decision to let two court-appointed psychiatrists and one working for the district attorney's office also consider Wright's sanity on Aug. 14, when Jori was killed.

LeBlanc's order did not give reasons for the change, defense attorney Kerry Cuccia said Sunday.

All psychiatrists' reports are due Oct. 10, but Cuccia said they probably won't be made public until after a hearing Oct. 17.

Lirette was killed in the home Wright shared with the boy and his mother, Jesslyn Lirette, 27.

Police said Wright waived his right to an attorney and confessed the same day.

According to a sworn police statement, Wright said signs - including being defecated and urinated on that morning - made him realize that he was living with a CPR dummy rather than his son. Throughout the statement, he referred only to "the dummy".

He also told police that he and Jesslyn Lirette had fought the evening before, and that she had told him she was getting her truck to move him out of the house.

 

 

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