From Daily Mail: A federal official says an 18-year-old man accused of decapitating his mother in Zebulon, North Carolina, on Monday was in the country illegally. The suspect, Oliver Funes Machada, was charged with first-degree murder Monday after authorities say he called 911 to say he had killed his mother.
Funes was found walking down the street with her severed head in one hand and a bloody butcher’s knife in the other. He is being transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh, and his next court appearance is scheduled for March 14.
Bryan Cox, a spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a news release that the suspect was from Honduras and was in the country illegally. Cox said that federal records list his name as Oliver Funes Machado. His public defender, C. Boyd Sturges III, said his second last name is listed as Machada in local court records. Sturges also said that his client has ‘some substantial mental health issues.’ (Well, that’s a given.)
Sturges said while he’s not a doctor, he could see that Funes Machada was ‘a pretty profoundly disturbed young man.’
Funes Machada called 911 around 12.45pm on Monday to tell police he had just killed his mother at their home in Franklin County, North Carolina.
A deputy responding to the call then saw the teen walking out of the house holding the woman’s head in one hand and what appeared to be a butcher’s knife in the other. Inside the home, deputies found the body of 35-year-old Yesenia Funez Beatriz Machada.
Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead said the 18-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the wake of the incident. He has made his first appearance in court and was held without bond.
Winstead said Funes Machada’s two young sisters were at home but were unharmed, and a fourth child was at school. Authorities did not elaborate on what led to the death.
The killer’s father and the victim’s husband arrived home at 5pm to find the scene and had to be led away by cops – overcome with grief. Other older relatives were pictured being comforted at the scene of the crime.
Neighbor Ryan Reader told WBTW: ‘Complete and utter shock. This whole area is a quiet area and I didn’t know what to expect when I got home and saw police cars and everything around.’ Winstead added: ‘It’s a terrible situation for the family, a terrible situation for the neighborhood and this county. I’m just glad things worked out the way they did and no one else was hurt in taking the suspect into custody. ‘I can’t tell you how many stab wounds or cuts. We just haven’t gotten that far in the investigation.’
Terry Wright, chief of staff of Franklin Sheriff’s department told ABC News: ‘We’ll be here as long as it takes to do a thorough search. We owe it to the victims to make sure it’s done in a proper manner – to make sure once it gets to the courthouse, justice can be served.’
President Donald Trump has made deporting illegal immigrants from the United States a central goal of his administration. Trump’s administration has issued directives to agents to more aggressively enforce immigration laws and more immigrants are coming under scrutiny by the authorities.