CRIME

Decapitation case: Teen suspect's mental state to be probed

  • This undated photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office shows Oliver Funes Machada. A federal official says the 18-year-old man accused of decapitating his mother was in the country illegally. The suspect was charged with first-degree murder Monday, March 6, 2017, after authorities say he called 911 to say he had killed his mother. He is being transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh, and his next court appearance is scheduled for March 14. (Tanya Creech/Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office shows Oliver Funes Machada. A federal official says the 18-year-old man accused of decapitating his mother was in the country illegally. The suspect was charged with first-degree murder Monday, March 6, 2017, after authorities say he called 911 to say he had killed his mother. He is being transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh, and his next court appearance is scheduled for March 14. (Tanya Creech/Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A house in Zebulon, N.C., is seen on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Police say the house is the scene where 18-year-old Oliver Funez decapitated his mother the previous day. Funez was charged with first-degree murder Monday after a deputy responding to a 911 call saw the man walk out of a home in Zebulon with his mother's head in one hand and what appeared to be a large knife in the other.(AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)

    A house in Zebulon, N.C., is seen on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Police say the house is the scene where 18-year-old Oliver Funez decapitated his mother the previous day. Funez was charged with first-degree murder Monday after a deputy responding to a 911 call saw the man walk out of a home in Zebulon with his mother's head in one hand and what appeared to be a large knife in the other.(AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities in North Carolina are evaluating the mental state of a man accused of decapitating his mother and who's been described as "profoundly disturbed" by his attorney.

A sheriff's statement says the grisly scene unfolded Monday afternoon in a neighborhood east of Raleigh when the 18-year-old man killed his mother and then walked out of their house holding the woman's head.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office statement, Oliver Funes Machada was charged Monday with first-degree murder after he called 911 to say he'd killed his mother.

Authorities say he was arrested without offering resistance, and the body of his mother, 35-year-old Yesenia Funez Beatriz Machado, was found inside the home.

Public defender C. Boyd Sturges III said in a phone interview that his client is "profoundly disturbed."