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Victim killed with machete in Madison County

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SUSPECT: Eugenio Nolasco SUSPECT: Eugenio Nolasco

UPDATE - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday

A Canton man is killed with a machete. Now, authorities have a suspect in custody in the gruesome murder.

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says the killing happened Friday around 4:00 in the afternoon at the Westside Mobile Home Park in the City of Canton. Sheriff Tucker tells us the victim was nearly decapitated.

40-year-old Nolasco Eugenio was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Carthage. The sheriff says he was trying to get out of the area. He's behind bars in Madison County.

The victim has been identified as 43-year- old Jose Rosas.

Rafeala Aguila Rodriguez, who also lives in the mobile home park, says she was good friends with Rosas. She says they worked together at a Mexican Store in Canton. She says she's the one who found Rosas' body.

Sheriff Randy Tucker held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to talk about the killing.

"I think there was a property dispute. I think there was a working-relationship dispute and a personal relationship dispute," says Sheriff Tucker. "Now what made it reach that point? I couldn't tell you."

Neighbors say Rosas was a nice man and a good father.

"He always treated me real nice and be with his little boy," says Lodell Mapp. "He had a little boy, and I called him my baby. I'd get the ball all the time, and I played with him."

We went to the trailer the sheriff says his suspect lived. Nobody was home.

"I think maybe some differences of opinion over the last year have led to frustrations building, and it appears it reached a boiling point Friday afternoon," he says. "The gentleman, the victim, was nearly decapitated. It was severe injuries."

The sheriff tells us Eugenio is here illegally but will be prosecuted the same as anyone else. He'll make his initial court appearance Thursday morning at 9:00.

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The Madison County Sheriff will hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon to give more information about a murder investigation. 

We're told the murder happened in a mobile home park in North Madison County earlier this week. 

The suspect, according to the Sheriff's Department, is 40-year-old Eugenio Nolasco.

Few details are available right now.  Sheriff's Department officials say the victim was killed with a machete.

We'll be at that news conference and have the latest at 5:00.

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