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  • Rev. Jeremiah Wright speaking at Southern this morning

    February 19, 2015 6:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A nationally-known preacher is scheduled to speak at Southern University Thursday morning. Rev. Jeremiah Wright will be on the Bluff today. He sparked controversy during the 2008 presidential election, when he served as the pastor for then-candidate Barack Obama. Rev. Wright garnered unwanted attention following comments... more »
  • Taxpayers off the hook for Rev. Jeremiah Wright speech

    February 2, 2015 7:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Taxpayer money will not be used to pay for Rev. Jeremiah Wright's speaking fee at Southern University later this month. Wright is best known for controversial statements he made from the pulpit of his Chicago church, a congregation whose members once included President Barack Obama. Wright will... more »
  • Father accused of dismembering son found insane

    February 14, 2014 12:38 PM

    Jeremiah Wright, who killed and decapitated his 7-year-old son Jori Lirette, was found not guilty Friday by reason of insanity, the district attorney whose office prosecuted him said. Wright will be confined at the state mental health facility in Jackson until doctors determine he is not a threat to himself... more »
  • No date for sanity ruling in beheading case

    February 19, 2013 8:00 AM

    THIBODAUX - Attorneys don't know when a Lafourche Parish judge will rule on whether a man accused of beheading his disabled son is able to help his attorneys and therefore fit to stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder of 7-year-old Jori Lirette. Jeremiah Wright's attorneys have not entered... more »
  • Sanity ruling postponed in disabled boy's beheading

    February 13, 2013 4:50 PM

    THIBODAUX - A Lafourche Parish judge postponed a ruling on whether a man accused of beheading his disabled son is fit to stand trial for first-degree murder. District Judge John LeBlanc had said he would rule Wednesday on whether to try Jeremiah Wright for the death of 7-year-old Jori Lirette... more »
  • Sanity ruling expected today in boy's beheading

    February 13, 2013 7:38 AM

    THIBODAUX - A Lafourche Parish judge plans to rule on whether a man accused of sawing off his disabled son's head is able to help his attorneys and therefore fit to stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder. District Judge John LeBlanc has said he will rule Wednesday on... more »
  • Judge to rule on alleged killer's competency

    February 6, 2013 11:12 AM

    THIBODAUX- A Lafourche Parish judge is reviewing testimony and evidence about the sanity of a man accused of beheading his disabled son in 2011. Judge John LeBlanc says he will rule Thursday on whether Jeremiah Wright is competent to stand trial in the case. Wright is accused of killing... more »
  • Doctor: Wright not clearly psychotic, can be tried

    February 4, 2013 10:12 AM

    THIBODAUX - A psychiatrist says a man accused of beheading his son is not clearly psychotic and is competent for trial. Dr. Mark Wilson headed the team that decided last summer that Jeremiah Wright was competent for trial on a charge of murdering 7-year-old Jori Lirette. The Daily Comet reports... more »
  • Trial in child's death delayed

    December 31, 2012 8:05 AM

    THIBODAUX - A hearing to determine the competency of a man accused of beheading his son has been delayed for a third time. 31-year-old Jeremiah Wright, of Thibodaux, must be deemed mentally competent before he can stand trial on charges he decapitated 7-year-old Jori Lirette last year. Prosecutors... more »
  • Man accused of decapitating son transferred to mental facility

    October 29, 2011 3:07 PM

    LAFOURCHE PARISH-Jeremiah Wright, who was charged with the first-degree murder of his seven-year-old son, Jori Lirette, was transported Friday from jail to a mental hospital. Judge John Leblanc ordered the move of Wright from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center to the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, Forensic Division in Jackson,... more »
  • Judge cuts current scope of sanity commission

    October 2, 2011 12:16 PM

    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... more »
  • Psychiatrists appointed to test Wright

    August 29, 2011 11:20 AM

    THIBODAUX - A Lafourche Parish judge has appointed two psychiatrists to consider whether a man who allegedly confessed to beheading his disabled son is able to help with his defense in the capital murder case. Defense attorney Kerry Cuccia says Judge Hugh Larose put off arraignment of 30-year-old Jeremiah... more »
  • Jori Lirette laid to rest in Thibodaux

    August 23, 2011 4:14 PM

    THIBODAUX - Hundreds gathered at St. Genevieve Church in Thibodaux to say their final goodbyes to Jori Lirette Tuesday morning. Lirette's father, Jeremiah, remains in jail. Detectives said he admitted to killing Jori last week, then decapitating him. Police say Wright was tired of taking care of Jori, a... more »
  • Funeral held for slain Thibodaux boy

    August 23, 2011 12:55 PM

    THIBODAUX - Family and friends of 7-year-old murder victim Jori Lirette gathered in Thibodaux to say their final goodbyes today. The family held a funeral mass at the St. Genevieve Catholic Church for Lirette, who was found murdered and dismembered Aug. 14. Police arrested Lirette's father, Jeremiah Wright,... more »
  • Thibodaux murderer showed signs of abuse

    August 17, 2011 5:40 PM

    THIBODAUX- It's hard to imagine what Jesslyn Lirette is going through. Her only son, Jori, became the victim of a brutal murder at the hands of a man she'd once told police she feared. The story hit close to home for Baton Rouge Women's Shelter Director Martha Forbes who tells... more »
  • Detectives collect evidence; people mourn murder

    August 16, 2011 6:14 PM

    THIBODAUX-- The makeshift memorial for murdered Jori Lirette quadrupled in size outside the boy's home in less than a day. Some pray, some leave stuffed animals or balloons, others hug and cry outside the memorial. All are trying to find a way to cope with their immense grief and... more »
  • Court papers: Wright allegedly threatened son as a baby

    August 16, 2011 3:48 PM

    THIBODAUX - The mother of a disabled boy who was beheaded on Sunday wrote - when he was less than six months old - that his father wanted him dead because the baby was suffering. Jesslyn Lirette's statement in September 2004 brought a restraining order against Jeremiah Wright from... more »
  • Lawyer appointed for man accused of decapitating son

    August 16, 2011 11:11 AM

    THIBODAUX - A judge appointed a public defender to the Thibodaux man accused of killing and dismembering his disabled son this weekend. The judge asked Jeremiah Wright, 30, several questions before appointing him Kerry Cuccia. Police say Wright confessed to investigators that he decapitated his 7-year-old son, Jori... more »
  • Mother mourns decapitated son

    August 15, 2011 6:40 PM

    THIBODAUX-- The mother of a handicapped boy whose father admits to decapitating him Saturday could not choke back tears as she spoke out Monday afternoon. "I know you're in Heaven as an angel. You're a beautiful star, and you will always shine bright inside my heart," Jessilyn Lirette said... more »

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