Dad Not Guilty of Decapitating Disabled Son
Jeremiah Wright was accused of dismembering his boy
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2014 2:45 PM CST
Updated Feb 16, 2014 4:33 PM CST
This undated photo provided by the Thibodaux police Department shows seven-year-old Jori Lirette.   (AP Photo/Thibodaux Police)

(Newser) – A Louisiana man accused of dismembering his disabled, 7-year-old son and leaving his head in a yard was found not guilty by reason of insanity on Friday, WDSU reports. Jeremiah Wright, 32, was arrested in 2011 for the gruesome killing, and told investigators that he believed his son Jori Lirette—who was wheelchair-bound with cerebral palsy—was a robot or CPR dummy designed by the government to teach him about life. "He heard voices at the time," said one of several experts who testified that Wright was mentally ill. "He thought that people on TV were talking directly to him." (That, by the way, included Matthew McConaughey telling Wright that he was a good person.)

Even prosecutors in the case agreed Wright was too ill to face possible capital punishment in the killing. "As prosecutors, we have a duty not to prosecute the innocent or the mentally ill," the district attorney told the Advocate. One forensic psychiatrist said Wright probably has Capgras disorder, which makes someone think a known person is really an imposter. Jori's family released a statement saying they were "comfortable with the decision," and Jori's mother, who shared a house with Wright, described her son as "my star. Now you're in heaven as an angel. You're a beautiful star and you will always shine bright inside my heart—inside of everybody's heart."

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Feb 19, 2014 6:16 PM CST
As a mother I really feel for this woman but in the articles it says she called the cops before and she had a restraining order on him. These are called warning signs. In the photo that they have up this poor little boy looks so sad. There is no joy or happiness or love in his eyes. This woman should have got that man out of their lives a long time ago. Is she really that desperate to have a man in her live? She was suppose to protect him not bring harm to him like she did. Because she chose to keep this man in her home even though she knew the man that he was she still let him stay. I know they say he is in a better place now but I hope he is smiling and free now. I would like to see him executed but at the same time I would like to see him suffer from the other prisoners in jail. I hate to say that but this helpless child did not deserve this or the pain that he has suffered through the years.I didn't know you but I love you Jori Lirette.
Lou Bernardo
Feb 18, 2014 10:33 PM CST
The insanity ploy has been worked to death by the lawyers.
Feb 18, 2014 2:01 PM CST
send him one way to gitmo!