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Sanity to be determined in beheading case

Sept. 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM   |   Comments

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THIBODAUX, La., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A Louisiana man accused of decapitating his 7-year-old son will be examined by two sets of doctors to determine his sanity, a judge said.

Jeremiah Wright, 30, of Thibodaux is being held without bond on charges he beheaded his son, Jori Lirette. The child had cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair.

At a hearing Tuesday, District Judge John LeBlanc said two mental health specialists selected by prosecutors will be allowed to examine Wright to determine the man's sanity when he allegedly killed the child and if he is currently fit to stand trial, The (Thibodaux) Daily Comet reported.

The prosecution's doctors will examine Wright after two psychiatrists on a sanity commission, requested by defense attorneys at an earlier hearing, have a chance to meet with the suspect.

The results of the examinations will be presented to the judge next month, the newspaper said.

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