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911 call: Decapitation suspect stabbed mom 'like 8 times'

Posted March 9

— A 911 call released Thursday morning provides a clearer picture of what happened in the moments after Franklin County authorities say an 18-year-old decapitated his mother in their Zebulon home.

Oliver Mauricio Funes Machada is accused of murdering his mother, 35-year-old Yesenia Funes Machada, on Monday.

Franklin County sheriff's deputies responded to the house at 90 Morgan Dr. after Funes Machada called 911 to report the killing.

In a nearly 17-minute call, Funes Machada can be heard going back and forth with a dispatcher in a calm tone of voice.

Early in the call he tells the dispatcher he killed his mother "because he felt like it," and that he stabbed her "like eight times" while his 4-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother were also in the house.

Funes Machada told the dispatcher she made him mad and that he had enough. At multiple times during the call the two small children can be heard crying in the background.

During the call, he said he killed his mother "about 30 minutes ago" and that the knife was "in her mouth."

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 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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  • Thomas Covenant Mar 10, 2017
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    Correction, "Illegal Alien stabs mom like 8 times."

    Hey, how about we deport these illegals BEFORE they murder people? Or is that insensitive of us?

  • John Smith Mar 10, 2017
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    @wral, stop playing these stories out like a freakin soap opera. We get it. Sick pɹɐʇsɐq killed his mom in a gruesome way. Just let us know when and how they sentence him.

  • Jeffrey Derry Mar 10, 2017
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    Build the wall #secureourborder