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Warrant: Decapitation suspect says he killed mom 'because I felt like it'

Posted March 8

— The 18-year-old man accused of decapitating his mother on Monday in her Zebulon home told the 911 dispatcher that he killed his mom because he "felt like it," according to search warrants released Wednesday.

Oliver Mauricio Funes Machada was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Yesenia Funes Machada. Authorities said Funes Machada's mental health will be evaluated as he awaits a grand jury indictment.

In the search warrant released on Wednesday, Funes Machada reportedly told the dispatcher that he stabbed his mother "like eight times" while his 4-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother were also in the house. He said his father was out of town at the time.

Franklin County sheriff's deputies responded to the house at 90 Morgan Dr. on Monday after Funes Machada called 911 to report the killing. According to the warrant, the dispatcher asked the Funes Machada if he was sure his mother was dead, and he said, "She's dead."

The mother's body was found between the kitchen and the living room inside the house. The two kids inside were found unharmed.

Deputy Maloney, who was first on scene, saw Funes Machada walk out of the house with a head in one hand and a knife in the other, according to the warrant.

Franklin County District Attorney Mike Waters released a statement on Wednesday saying the DA's office was saddened to learn of the death of Yesenia Funes Machada.

"The circumstances of this crime are very unusual and horrific," Waters said in the statement. "While it is too early to know for sure what the defendant's mental state was at the time of the murder, it will be reviewed at the appropriate time and place."

Officials said Oliver Funes Machada is in the the United States illegally, but if he is convicted to a life sentence he will serve his prison sentence in the country.


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  • Charles Williams Mar 13, 2017
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    [quote=16573286]Post by Chanel Spencer[/quote Sorry sweetie, I have a right to be here. I think all these illegals should be sterilized and deported.

  • Kelly Birdsall Mar 11, 2017
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    Well spoken!

  • Edwin Walls Mar 10, 2017
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    Glad we have someone to make this God-like decision for us.

  • Edwin Walls Mar 9, 2017
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    Thank you.

  • Ryan Walsh Mar 9, 2017
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    Metal issues or not this 18yo has got to leave this planet.

  • Alison Bryan Mar 8, 2017
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    Why should WE have to pay to house, feed and give medical attention to someone for life who committed such a heinous crime when he was here illegally in the first place? There is nothing racist about that.

  • Jeffrey Derry Mar 8, 2017
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    Build the wall secure our borders

  • Andrew Stephenson Mar 8, 2017
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    I imagine it'll affect how he serves out his sentence. I don't believe they stick people with severe mental issues in the general prison population. They go in solitary or a special psych ward.

  • Brian Tucker Mar 8, 2017
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    He doesn't have any mental illness going on, he Admitted he killed his mom and Why, what more do ya need ... sure, go ahead and waste money to see how mental he is and then what, ? let him go ....

  • Brenda Lawrence Mar 8, 2017
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    The real evil is in some of the remarks on this page. Where is the compassion for this young mother and the horrific death she suffered? Was she dead before he decapitated her? And the little children who may have witnessed it. What difference does it make whether they were citizens of the US or not?! My guess is that the young man is schizophrenic. MENTAL ILLNESS IS REAL, PEOPLE. Prayers for all of them.