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Judge: Man Accused Of Killing Mom Incompetent For Trial (Photo)

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A North Carolina man accused of decapitating his mother has had his charges dismissed because he is incapable of standing trial.

Oliver Mauricio Funes Machada, 18, was facing a first-degree murder charge for his mother's death, in which he allegedly cut off her head because he "felt like it," according to WGHP.

The Franklin County Clerk's Office said Machada's charges will be dismissed "with leave" because he is incapable of proceeding, but if he is found to be competent at any point in the future, he will be charged again. Machada is set to be released from prison and sent to a hospital for an involuntary commitment.

Machada called the police on March 6, telling dispatchers his mother made him mad and he killed her. In the phone call, he said that he had stabbed his mother "like eight times" and left the knife in her mouth.

Machada's 4-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother were reported to be in the home at the time of the killing, and can be heard crying in the phone conversation with the 911 dispatcher.

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When police arrived to the scene, Machada reportedly emerged from the home carrying his mother's severed head and a butcher's knife.

Court documents revealed that he had been taking four medications for schizophrenia and psychosis. A family friend said he had been released from a mental health facility just a week before the murder.

"The circumstances of this crime are very unusual and horrific," said Franklin County District Attorney Mike Waters at the time. "While it is too early to know for sure what the defendant's mental state was at the time of the murder, it will be reviewed at the appropriate time and place."

Officials also said Machada was in the country illegally, but if he were to be convicted of the murder, he would serve his prison sentence in the U.S., according to WRAL.

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Immigrations and Customs Enforcement confirmed that Machada is originally from Honduras and is in the country illegally, Fox reports. He told officials he had been in the U.S. for 12 or 13 years.

Machada had reportedly finished the 10th grade at Rolesville High School, attending another high school in 2015 before transferring to a school for students with behavioral or academic issues. Eventually, Machada dropped out of school.

Family friend Miriam Banegas described Machada as "isolated."

"About 14 years old he started being very isolated," she said, according to The Charlotte Observer. "He didn't want to go out to parties. He didn't want to go anywhere. So he would remain to himself, in his room pretty much all the time."

Public defender C. Boyd Sturges III said Machada was a "pretty profoundly disturbed young man."

The judge's ruling that Machada was not mentally competent to stand trial came after the evaluations of a team of doctors from Central Regional Hospital.

"The family wanted to see him ... instead of in prison, he deserves to be in a mental hospital because he can get therapy and get the help he needs," pastor Danalis Arzola said, according to WNCN.

Sources: WGHP (2), WRAL, Fox, The Charlotte Observer, WNCN via WECT / Featured Image: Allen Allen/Flickr / Embedded Images: WNCN via WECT, Seniju/Flickr

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