Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
THIBODAUX, La.-- Jeremiah Wright said nothing as deputies led him out of the Lafourche Parish Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.
State District Judge John LeBlanc ordered Wright, 30, remanded to a mental health facility, after several psychiatric reports showed he was not competent to stand trial at this time.
'I think there had been problems from the very beginning. As you know, even before the arraignment, we asked the judge to take this step because we saw the need to do so,' said Kerry Cuccia, Wright's defense attorney.
Wright faces first-degree murder charges and is accused of killing and dismembering his 7-year-old son Jori Lirette in August. Lirette's family, including his mother, attended the proceedings.
During the hearing, both the prosecution and the defense declined to cross-examine members of the Sanity Commission, which examined Wright's mental health. The judge sealed the reports, which detailed Wright's mental state.
Lafourche District Attorney Cam Morvant declined to comment after the judge's ruling. However, Wright's defense attorney said his client needs the treatment, which will be administered at the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health Facility, in the town of Jackson, La.
'There, he will receive treatment to try and restore him to the mental capacity to try and proceed,' Cuccia said.
LeBlanc also ordered a 90-day review of Wright's mental state, with updates provided every 30 days. There is no timetable set for how long it will take Wright to become competent for trial.