Warrant: Decapitation suspect says he killed mom 'because I felt like it'
Posted March 8
Franklin County, N.C. — 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.