Houma Courier

A father accused of decapitating his son in 2011 has been ruled mentally fit to stand trial by a Lafourche Parish judge.

Judge John LeBlanc made the ruling this morning after holding a third competency hearing earlier this month.

Wright is accused of first-degree murder in the death and dismemberment of his son, 7-year-old Jori Lirette, on Aug. 14, 2011.

The boy's severed head was found in the driveway of the home Wright shared with the boy's mother, Jesslyn Lirette. His other body parts were found in nearby trash bags. Before his death, Jori was confined to a wheelchair and fed through a tube.

On Feb. 19, LeBlanc concluded for the second time that Wright was incompetent to stand trial following a six-day hearing that included testimony from doctors who maintained he was competent.

Wright was sent to a mental hospital in Jackson on March 6 and is now in the Lafourche Parish jail.

In September, doctors declared the 32-year-old competent to stand trial.

His competency hearing earlier this year cost the parish more than $170,000, District Attorney Cam Morvant II said.

A status hearing has been set for Jan. 28, but no trial date has been set.

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