Judge rules man incompetent in son's beheading

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 6:00 PM

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A judge has declared a man accused of beheading his disabled 7-year-old son incompetent and unable to help his attorneys fight first-degree murder charge.

State Judge John E. LeBlanc ruled Tuesday that Jeremiah Lee Wright "does not have the present mental capacity to proceed." He committed the 31-year-old Wright to the custody of the state department of health for psychiatric treatment.

LeBlanc's decision came after a six-day hearing ended Feb. 4. At least a dozen investigators and experts testified that Wright told them that Jori Lirette, his son, was a robot or CPR dummy put into his home as a government experiment to teach him about life.

The boy was killed in August 2011.

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