Charges to be dropped against NC teen accused of decapitating mom

RALEIGH, 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.

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Franklin County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office shows Oliver Funes Machada. The 19-year-old Machada is accused of decapitating his mother and his attorney, Boyd Sturges, said Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, that a judge had him involuntarily committed to a state psychiatric hospital. (Tanya Creech/Franklin County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

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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