Father Accused In Gruesome Murder
Community outraged over man's decapitation of disabled son.
A memorial to a slain Thibodaux, Louisiana boy is growing as dozens of people continue to bring balloons, flowers and stuffed animals to the home where police said Jeremiah Wright dismembered his special needs son.
"It makes me shake. This little boy couldn't walk and couldn't talk," Thibodaux resident Tammy David said.
The 7-year-old boy suffered from cerebral palsy and used a wheelchair and a feeding tube.
At about noon Sunday, a driver spotted what he thought was a human head along the street in front of the boy's home and called police.
When investigators got there, they found a boy's head and a garbage bag of body parts on the side of the road.
Police said that Wright confessed to killing his son, Jori Lirette, by decapitating him.
Detectives said they learned Tuesday that Jori's mother, Jesslyn Lirette, had let two restraining orders against Wright lapse.
According to court filings, in 2004, when Jori was just six months old, Lirette said Wright wanted the baby dead because he was suffering.
While forensic experts from state police continue to gather evidence, neighbors said they saw Wright on Saturday night pacing outside the home.
"He was just outside pacing back and forth with a look on his face -- like he's either contemplating doing something, or he had already done something," neighbor Heather Howell said.
As neighbors gathered to pay respect and remember Jori, some said they were wondering if they missed their chance to save the little boy.
"And it's knowing we saw him the night before, and thinking if we would have only knew what could have possibly been going through his mind -- could we have prevented it? It just hurts," neighbor Consuela Ashmoor said.
A candlelight vigil for Jori will be held Sunday night at Belle Chasse Park.
New Orleans attorney Kerry Cuccia, who had been assigned as Wright's defense attorney, said it is still too early to talk strategy.
"I plan to meet with Wright on Wednesday afternoon at length, and I will have a better idea at that point what our first steps will be," Cuccia said.
Officers said that Wright's arraignment was scheduled for September 16.