ZEBULON, NC — A North Carolina teen has been charged with first-degree murder after police say he cut off his own mother’s head in what the sheriff described as a “gruesome scene.”
Oliver Mauricio Funes-Machado, 18, reportedly called 911 himself at around 12:45 P.M. on Monday from a house located in Franklin County. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said that when officers arrived, they witnessed what looked like a scene out of a horror movie. Funes-Machado walked out of the house holding his mother’s head in one hand and what appeared to be a large knife in the other, according to authorities. Sheriff Kent Winstead said that the weapon that was used “appeared to be a large butcher knife.”
Police then found Yesenia Funes Beatriz Machado, 35, dead inside the home.
Police took Funes-Machado into custody, where he is reportedly being held without bail.
Authorities have revealed that two young girls found in the home were unharmed, and a fourth child was at school during the murder.
At this point, police say that they are not sure how many stab wounds the victim suffered — or what type of conflict led to the horrifying attack.
The murder shocked the community. One neighbor described the suspect and his mother to the Associated Press as a “quiet family with the standard white picket fence, trampoline, playground in the back.”
Funes-Machado’s lawyer said that his client, who is a Honduran native, suffers from mental-health issues and called him “profoundly disturbed.”
According to the Charlotte Observer, the teen is in the U.S. illegally and is wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Bryan Cox, a spokesman for ICE in the southern region, said the agency has filed a detainer for Funes-Machado, which would mean that the suspect would enter ICE custody if he bonds out of local criminal custody in the murder case.
The investigation continues.
Main photo: Oliver Funes-Machado [Franklin County Sheriff’s Office]