UPDATE: Teen won't be prosecuted on murder charge

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, N.C. (AP) - A defense attorney says a North Carolina teenager accused of decapitating his mother is psychotic and won't be prosecuted on a murder charge.

Defense attorney Boyd Sturges said Wednesday that a judge ordered 19-year-old Oliver Funes Machada involuntarily committed to a state psychiatric hospital.

Sturges said the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the murder charge under an arrangement that could allow the case to be pursued again if Machada were deemed competent in the future.

Warrants say Machada told a 911 dispatcher he stabbed his mother repeatedly earlier this year because she had angered him. Court documents say a deputy saw him carry his mother's severed head outside.

Sturges said that he has maintained that his client was "very seriously deranged" and agreed with the experts' assessment.

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Neighbors and friends of the Franklin County woman authorities say was decapitated by her 18-year-old son have remembered her at a vigil.

Local media outlets report more than 100 people gathered with candles and photos Friday night on the lawn where the woman was killed.

Authorities say the suspect told a 911 dispatcher he stabbed his mother eight times on March 6 "because he felt like it" and left the knife in her mouth.

Local court records list the suspect as Oliver Funes Machada and federal records as Oliver Funes Machado. He's charged with first-degree murder, and his attorney has said the man is profoundly mentally disturbed.

The mother's name, according to local authorities who received the information from a 14-year-old son, is Yesenia Beatriz Funez Machado.


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Newly released court documents say a teenager accused of decapitating his mother told authorities he killed her because he "felt like it."

Attachments to a search warrant filed Tuesday afternoon give a detailed timeline of the grisly crime's aftermath after Oliver Funez called 911.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office statement, the suspect was charged Monday with first-degree murder.

The new court documents say that when he was asked why he killed his mother he told a 911 dispatcher "because I felt like it."

The documents say he stabbed her eight times.

Court documents say the first deputy on the scene saw the suspect walk out of the house with a knife in one hand and his mother's head in the other.

The suspect's exact name was not clear. Local court records list him as Oliver Funes Machada; federal records as Oliver Funes Machado. The mother's name, according to local authorities who received the information from a 14-year-old son, is Yesenia Beatriz Funez Machado.

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North Carolina prosecutors will seek a mental evaluation of an 18-year-old man charged with decapitating his mother at a home east of Raleigh.

Eighteen-year-old Oliver Funez was charged with first-degree murder Monday after a deputy responding to a 911 call saw the man walk out of a home near Zebulon with his mother's head in one hand and what appeared to be a large knife in the other hand.

Deputies found the body of 35-year-old Yesenia Funez Beatriz Machado in the home.

Franklin County District Attorney Mike Waters told WRAL-TV on Tuesday it could take weeks to months to determine Funez's mental state.

He was ordered held on Tuesday. His next court appearance is scheduled March 14.

Sheriff Kent Winstead said two children in the home were not hurt.

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A teenager in our state is accused by police of decapitating his own mother.

We do want to warn readers that the following details provided by authorities are disturbing.

WRAL reports that Franklin police have arrested and charged Oliver Funez, 18, with murdering his mother, Yesenia Machado, 35.

Police say Funez used what appeared to be a large butcher knife and when deputies arrived, he walked out of the Morgan Drive home holding her head in one hand and the weapon in the other.

Police say that two young children were in the home at the time of the murder and that Machado's other son was at school.