Oliver Mauricio Funes Machada has been charged with the gruesome murder of his mother in Franklin County, North Carolina. The sheriff of Franklin County said it was a “gruesome scene” where the teenaged minor decapitated his mother on Monday. 
 
The incident occurred at the home of the alleged perpetrator and his mother just south of Highway 64 in an area near the Wake County line. 
 
The 18-year-old Funes Machada, 18, called in the crime to 911 and was still on the scene when law enforcement arrived at approximately 12:45 p.m. yesterday. He was taken in for questioning without incident, and has been charged with murder in the first degree. When police arrived on the scene, they found Funes Machada holding his mother's head in his hand. He had apparently stabbed her multiple times and then severed her head with a butcher knife. When police arrived, they found him in the front yard of his home holding his mother's head in one hand and a knife in the other. When told to surrender, he did so. His mental status is now being evaluated. Reportedly, he was taking medication for an unknown medical condition.
 
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has issued a detainer request for Funes Machado, a native of Honduras who is not a US citizen.
Sheriff’s deputies found inside the house the body of Yesenia Funez Beatriz Machado (35). Left unharmed were two girls who were found in the home. Another child was attending school at the time of the incident. The father of Funes Machada, the husband of the deceased, was not at the home at the time of the murder. Police informed him of the incident when he came home. Neighbors could hear his cries and wails of sorrow.
 
Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead told a press conference that forensic specialists are still examining the victim’s corpse. "I can't tell you how many stab wounds or cuts, Winstead said. "We just haven't gotten that far in the investigation."
 
Sheriff's deputies had to go to a neighboring county to get a search warrant, thus delaying the investigation. Franklin County Sheriff chief of staff Terry Wright said of the investigation, "We'll be here as long as it takes to do a thorough search. We owe it to the victims to make sure it's done in a proper manner - To make sure once it gets to the courthouse, justice can be served."
 
Funes Machada appeared in court on Tuesday where he was ordered held without bond. He is originally from Honduras; it is not known initially whether he is or is not a U.S. citizen. 
 
When deputies arrived, said Sheriff Winstead, Funes Machada had "the decapitation in his hand, and it was a gruesome scene. The oldest son killed his mother.” According to ABC 11, he said, “It looked to be a large butcher knife, the weapon that was used.” A witness told 14News that a deputy on the scene appeared to be distraught by the scene. A neighbor said that the deputy who first arrived at the scene was deeply shaken by what he saw. “He just looked like he was just blown away. I mean, he was just in terror. He was just so upset.” A neighbor told 14News, “I can’t imagine how anyone could do that to anybody, much less your own mother.” Funes Machada apparently used a butcher knife for the crime.
 
(This is an updated version of the original article, which incorporates information about Funes Machada's immigrant status).
 
 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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