Psychiatrists cannot yet consider whether a 30-year-old Thibodaux man was sane when authorities say he decapitated the disabled boy over the kitchen sink and left the boy’s head in their yard, a state district judge has decided.
For now, a 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 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.
Police said Wright waived his right to an attorney and confessed the day of the murder.