Sanity hearing in La. for father of beheaded boy

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Posted: Oct 18, 2011 4:09 PM
Sanity hearing in La. for father of beheaded boy

A judge in Louisiana has ruled that a man accused of beheading and dismembering his 7-year-old disabled son cannot understand the first-degree murder charge against him nor aid in his defense.

State Judge John LeBlanc based his ruling Tuesday on reports from two court-appointed psychiatrists who examined 30-year-old defendant Jeremiah Wright. He placed both reports under seal.

District Attorney Camille Morvant did not object. Neither he nor defense attorney Kerry Cuccia submitted any evidence or asked to question either psychiatrist.

Wright was accused of beheading son Jori Lirette on Aug. 14. The child's mother, 27-year-old Jesslyn Lirette, wept quietly and sniffled after the ruling was announced.

Wright will now be sent to a state mental hospital for treatment.

Family members declined to comment while entering and leaving the courthouse Tuesday.