Third competency hearing set for man in son's death

THIBODAUX (AP) — A state judge will decide in November whether a Thibodaux man accused of decapitating his son in 2011 is mentally fit to stand trial.

The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/16AFsCd) 32-year-old Jeremiah Wright was in court Monday for a brief status hearing in which Judge John LeBlanc scheduled hearings from Nov. 4 through Nov. 6 to decide whether he is competent for trial.

He is accused of first-degree murder in the death and dismemberment of his son, 7-year-old Jori Lirette, on Aug. 14, 2011.

The boy's severed head was found in the driveway of the home Wright shared with the boy's mother, Jesslyn Lirette. His other body parts were found in nearby trash bags. Before his death, Jori was confined to a wheelchair and fed through a tube.

On Feb. 19, Judge John LeBlanc concluded for the second time that Wright is incompetent to stand trial following a six-day hearing that included testimony from doctors who maintained he was competent.

Wright was sent to a mental hospital in Jackson on March 6 and is now in the Lafourche Parish jail.

His competency hearing earlier this year cost the parish more than $170,000, District Attorney Cam Morvant said.