Man accused of cutting off son's head gets lawyer

JANET McCONNAUGHEY - Associated Press
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Jeremiah Lee Wright, center, 30, father of seven-year-old Jori Lirette, who was disabled and wheelchair-bound from cerebral palsy, and was found decapitated and dumped outside his home with his father sitting nearby, is transported into District Court to face murder charges in the boy's death, in Thibodaux, La., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. Wright confessed to killing Jori Lirette within 30 minutes of being brought to the police station Sunday, Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii said Monday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man accused of decapitating his disabled 7-year-old son has been assigned a lawyer experienced in death-penalty cases.

Kerry Cuccia says his appointment Tuesday doesn't mean prosecutors will seek the death penalty for 30-year-old Jeremiah Lee Wright.

He says the Capital Defense Project of Southeast Louisiana tries to get involved whenever anyone is booked with first-degree murder, which can bring a death sentence.

Police say Wright confessed to killing Jori Lirette, who had many medical problems and very limited speech.

Uniformed Lafourche Parish deputies held hands with mother Jesslyn Lirette as she walked into the parish courthouse Tuesday.

Wright was escorted by two male deputies.

Police Chief Scott Silverii said Monday that motive was unclear, but that Wright said he was tired of caring for the boy.