According to an investigator’s affidavit, Funes Machado, the teenager accused of beheading his mother, Yesenia Beatriz Funez Machado, told dispatchers he killed her “because I felt like it.”
The harrowing murder:
He also told a dispatcher that he stabbed her “like eight times and left the knife in her mouth.” The teen, 18, was found by the first responder walking outside carrying a knife in one hand and a severed head in the other, the teen’s toddler siblings, were unharmed in the house.
Bryan Cox, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, stated that the suspect was from Honduras and was in the country illegally.
On Monday, Funes Machada was charged with first-degree murder. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office stated that he called 911 saying he had killed his mother, he reportedly spoke on the phone with dispatchers until police arrived, he was arrested without offering resistance, and that the decapitated body of his 35-year-old mother was found inside.
Investigators also found bloody shoeprints, a large kitchen knife with apparent blood, and bloody clothing in a laundry hamper; including sweatpants, a t-shirt and a onesie.
Assessing the teen’s mental health:
Louisburg attorney C. Boyd Sturges III, Funes Machada’s public defender, said that it appears there’s some substantial mental health issues involved in this case. “I’m not a doctor, so I can’t really elaborate. He’s a pretty profoundly disturbed young man in a mental health kind of way,” he added.
Court officials said that the medication belonging to Funes Machada that they seized was used to treat psychosis and schizophrenia.
Mike Waters, District Attorney said that officials seek to evaluate Funes Machada’s mental state, “this is something that’s going to take weeks and months for us to get some answers as to why this happened,” he added.
At the time of the attack, a fourth child was in school. Randy Mullins, the family’s neighbor, believes all the other children were the suspect’s siblings. Mullins said the family had moved in around June 2016. He didn’t know them well, but he and his mother said they seemed friendly.
He added that the suspect appeared calm while he sat handcuffed as a deputy kneeled down to comfort the two younger children.
On Tuesday, a group of friends or relatives went to the house where the woman was killed, loading belongings into two minivans. A neighbor who had stopped by to offer his condolences stated that the group didn’t want to talk, and they left after about 20 minutes.
The district attorney said the suspect was being transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh and his next court appearance was set for March 14.