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Judge cuts current scope of sanity commission

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Posted: Oct 2, 2011 12:16 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2011 3:43 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Judge, scope, cut, sanity, commission, Jori Lirette, Jeremiah Wright

THIBODAUX, La.- A state district judge has decided that psychiatrists won't yet consider whether a 30-year-old Thibodaux man was sane when he allegedly beheaded his disabled 7-year-old son.

Judge John LeBlanc says that for now, the sanity commission must decide whether Jeremiah Wright can help his lawyers defend him against the first-degree murder charge in the death of Jori Lirette.

That reverses 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.

Defense attorney Kerry Cuccia says LeBlanc's order did not give reasons for the change.

All psychiatrists' reports are due Oct. 10, but Cuccia says they probably won't be made public until after a hearing at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

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