An 18-year-old was charged Monday with first-degree murder after police found him with his mother’s decapitated head.
Oliver Mauricio Funes Machada called 911 on Monday at 12:45 p.m. after the incident. When police arrived on the scene, they were greeted by Funes Machada holding his mother’s head in one hand and what appeared to be a large butcher knife in the other, as reported by ABC 11.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said that the teen was cooperating with police and was taken into custody without any problems.
Deputies found the body of 35-year-old Yesenia Funes Marchada inside the family home. Two young children were present at the time of the attack, but went unharmed. Another child was at school.
A search warrant for the crime scene wasn’t attained until 4:15 p.m., because deputies had to go into a neighboring county to get it. Sheriff Kent Winstead said that deputies are determined to perform a thorough investigation.
“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.”
The body was taken from the crime scene around 8:30 p.m. Authorities closed the crime scene around 10 p.m. that night.
Investigators still aren’t sure exactly how this incident came about.
Neighbors were horrified when they heard of the tragedy that took place in Pilot, near Zebulon, their otherwise quiet community. Neighbor Ryan Reader told WNCN that he was surprised when he arrived home to police cars surrounded the Funes Machada house.
“Complete and utter shock. Pilot, Zebulon 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.”
The three remaining children are currently with their father, who was distraught after hearing the news. Neighbors said that they could hear him sobbing from their houses.
Funes appeared in court on Tuesday. He is being held without bond in Franklin County Detention Center.
[Feature Photo: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office]