01/31/13, MailOnline — A father accused of hacking his disabled son’s head off with a meat cleaver and leaving it by the road for the boy’s mother to see, thought his seven-year-old son was actually a dummy or a robot, psychiatrists said today.
Defense experts told a judge in the murder case of Jeremiah Wright, from Louisiana, that he was suffering a delusion at the time of the brutal murder of Jori Lirette, seven, who suffered from cerebral palsy.
Psychiatrist Sarah DeLand and psychologist Robert Storer testified that Wright thought his son was really a government social experiment and told them: ‘I don’t believe they can do anything to me because it wasn’t a real person. His skull was made of plastic. He had foam in him.’
Jeremiah Wright is accused of killing his son Jori Lirette (both pictured), chopping off his head, hands and feet with a meat cleaver
Statement: Jesslyn Lirette (centre) speaks out about how her long term boyfriend murdered her seven-year-old son at her home
The boy was killed on August 14, 2011. Since that time, the delusion has persisted and it will hinder Wright’s ability to help his attorneys, psychiatrists said during the sanity hearing.
If Wright is tried and convicted, he faces life in prison or death by lethal injection.
He is accused of killing and dismembering the boy after his mother Jesslyn Lirette threatened to kick him out of their Louisiana home.
A passing motorist found Jori after Wright allegedly left his head in the front yard for his mother to see. His hands and feet were also hacked off and found in a garbage bag.
Disabled Jori, who was wheelchair-bound due to cerebal palsy and heart problems and also had limited speech, was found by a passing motorist after being allegedly decapitated by his father last week.
The crime scene was so gruesome that some of the police who responded to the emergency call have had to have counseling, according to AZCentral.
Investigators said the grisly killing was carried out over a kitchen sink at the Louisiana home the boy shared with his father and his mother Jesslyn.