Charges may be dropped against the man who allegedly beheaded his own mother in March. Oliver Mauricio Funes-Machado, 18, is accused of killing and beheading his 35-year-old mother Yesenia Funes Beatriz Machado at their North Carolina home, according to the Charlotte Observer. After the killing, the teen allegedly told a 911 dispatcher the did it “because I felt like it,” according to sworn statements reported by WNCN. He then allegedly walked out of his home “carrying a knife in one hand and a severed human head in the other,” an affidavit stated. Police found “a decapitated body on the floor [of the home] between the kitchen and the living room and two small children inside." The kids were Funes-Machado’s 4-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother. Both children were unharmed.
A new WNCN story reports that judge is expected to sign an order that will drop the first degree murder charges against Funes-Machado after ruling the teen not mentally competent to stand trial. If the order is signed, the teen will be involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, according to Fox News. Boyd Sturges, attorney for Funes-Machado, said if client is found to be competent to stand trial in the future, he'll be re-charged. Investigators found medication belonging to Funes-Machado used to treat psychosis and schizophrenia in his home.
A public defender described Funes-Machado in March as a “pretty profoundly disturbed young man.” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed back in March that the teen is from Honduras. He is in the country illegally.
[Photo: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office]
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