Murder Charges Dropped Against Teen Who Beheaded Mother

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A North Carolina teenager who faced a first-degree murder charge for killing and beheading his mother in March has been declared not mentally competent to stand trial in the gruesome slaying.

Oliver Mauricio Funes Machada called 911 to tell authorities that he had killed his mother “because [he] felt like it” and was angry at her, WRAL reported. When deputies arrived, they found Machada outside the home holding a large butcher knife in one hand and the head of his mother, 35-year-old Yesenia Funez Beatriz Machado, in the other.

On Wednesday, District Attorney Michael D. Waters announced that the charge against Machada would be dismissed due to a report prepared by mental health professionals indicating that he does not have the mental capacity to stand trial.

“Specifically, could he appreciate the charges against him and participate in his defense and the mental health professionals there determined he could not at this time,” Waters said in a statement.

“Should the defendant’s capacity to proceed be restored, he would be returned to the custody of the Franklin County Sheriff Ken Winstead, and the District Attorney’s Office will reinstate the charges against Machada,” the statement continued.

Machada, who is in the country illegally, was subjected to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainment in March following his arrest. If Machada is transferred to a mental health facility, though, the detainer would no longer apply and he would not be subject to deportation.

“We don’t know what is going to happen with him and his mental state, and so we will continue waiting, and either he will be found capable to proceed at some future time or he won’t be,” Waters said. “That is not the same issue as to whether he was insane at the time that he committed the offenses.”

Defense attorney Boyd Sturges insists that Machada should be sent to a psychiatric hospital for treatment instead of getting locked away behind bars.

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