POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 8:42am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 2:27pm
LAS CRUCES (KTSM) — A Las Cruces man appeared in court for the first time Monday, just days after he allegedly murdered his own mother with a sword.
Las Cruces police say Joshua Hunt told them his mother, Lisa Cano, was hateful and mistreated him his entire life.
Several people close to the family painted a very different picture of Cano.
They described her as a loving and caring person who always seemed very happy.
"This is a person who never raised her voice."
She worked at Tresco in Las Cruces.
Employees were told not to speak to media about the incident, but one of her coworkers told NewsChannel9 off camera, Cano would hug everyone and always had a smile on her face.
The family's house was up for sale. Realtor, Paul Sims, was also Lisa’s friend.
"She was almost on the side of melancholy. Very sweet, very affectionate and very caring,” he said. “That's why this made this so much more shocking.”
We went to the home where the murder happened to see if we could talk with Hunt’s wife.
She did not want to speak with us on camera. She instead told us, “It's tragic, it's horrible” and she had no further comment.
She did however post on her social media pages, where she talked about what happened.
"Even though they hadn't spoken much to each other in months, it did not hinder mine and her relationship. Just about every morning we would say hi and I love you", she wrote on Facebook. “Lisa and I always had a special bond."
Sims said Cano told him she wanted Josh and his family out of her home.
"That was her main motivation for putting it on the market, to encourage them to move along,” he said.
He recalled meeting Josh.
"Very standoffish, but I attributed that to just being hostile about the whole house sale process. He was very unfriendly and sullen,” Sims explained.
Hunt appeared before a judge on Monday via link video from jail.
He did not look up once as the judge was going over his case.
And he won't be getting out of jail any time soon as the judge changed his $500,000 bond to a no hold bond.
And the court also questioned his competency; his case is being moved to District Court.
As Hunt moves through the court system, friends and family continue the grieving process.
"She was a long suffering mother, not a combative mother," said Sims.
As they remember Lisa Cano, this isn't the first time Hunt is in trouble with the law.
Joshua Hunt's criminal rap sheet includes no contest pleas to domestic violence and weapons charges in Sacramento, California.