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Judge rules father fit to stand trial in son's murder

Judge rules father fit to stand trial in son's murder

A Lafourche Parish judge has ruled that a Thibodaux man accused of killing and dismembering his special needs son is fit to stand trial.

The ruling late Friday morning by Judge John LeBlanc clears the way for prosecutors to try Jeremiah Wright, 32, for the murder of 7-year old Jori Lirette in August of 2011.

Wright faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Lirette, who had Cerebral Palsy and used a wheelchair to get around.

Lirette's severed head was found in the driveway of the home Wright shared with the boy's mother. His other body parts were found in nearby trash bags.

Wright was arrested a short time later, but was sent to a state mental health facility after being deemed unfit for trial.

Experts recently told the court Wright's condition had improved and he would be able to defend himself against the criminal charges.

Wright was arraigned on Friday and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Another status hearing is set for January 28. No trial date has been set.