Charges to be dropped against Franklin Co. teen accused of decapitating mom

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ZEBULON, N.C. (WNCN) – A judge is expected to sign an order that will drop charges against a Franklin County teen accused of cutting his mother’s head off on March 6, according to county authorities.

liver Mauricio Funes-Machado told dispatchers he killed Yesenia Funes Beatriz Machada “because I felt like it,” according to court documents.

The first deputy on scene “observed a male exit the house carrying a knife in one hand and a severed human head in the other,” the affidavit states.

The home where the 35-year-old woman was killed was called a “gruesome scene” by Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead.

Once the judge signs the order, Funes-Machado will be involuntarily committed to a facility in Butner. He is currently being housed in Central Prison.

Machado’s attorney Boyd Sturges said the judge ruled his client isn’t mentally competent to stand trial.

That ruling was based on the medical evaluations by a team of doctors at Central Regional Hospital, Sturges said.

If at any point in the future he’s deemed competent, he’ll be re-charged, Sturges said.

In the days following the killing, ICE confirmed Funes-Machado is in the U.S. illegally from Honduras.

Wake County Public Schools confirmed Funes-Machado was a student at Rolesville High School but stopped attending in 2016.

According to Franklin County Schools officials, the teen was enrolled in the school system from Sept. 1, 2016 until Nov. 14, 2016. The official said he was unsure of what grade Funes-Machado was in when he enrolled.

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