THIBODAUX - A man accused of killing and decapitating his 7-year-old disabled son on Aug. 14 has been charged with first-degree murder by a Lafourche Parish grand jury, prosecutors said Friday.
The grand jury handed down the indictment Friday against Jeremiah Lee Wright, 30, of Thibodaux, prosecutors said in a news release.
If convicted, Wright faces either a mandatory life sentence or the death penalty.
Lafourche Parish District Attorney Camille “Cam” Morvant II told The Associated Press he has not decided whether to seek the death penalty. Morvant was not immediately available Friday afternoon for additional comment.
Wright reportedly has admitted to killing Jori.
The boy’s body and dismembered limbs were found Aug. 14 in a trash can. His head was left by the street for his mother to find so she would feel “stupid” when she came home, Wright was quoted as saying.
Jori used a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy and heart trouble
Police have reported that Wright told investigators that his girlfriend, Jesslyn Lirette, 27, said she wanted Wright to move out of the house they shared and go live with his mother, the Associated Press has reported.
Wright also allegedly said he was tired of caring for Jori, who needed a feeding tube and a wheelchair, and had little speech.
Wright reportedly told investigators that although he had long known that Jori was his son, he had recently realized the child was a CPR dummy, the Associated Press reported.
The boy was buried Tuesday.