After a Carlsbad wife and mother was found dead inside a burning home, police quickly suspected foul play. Now, investigators say her own son is responsible for the grisly murder.
A home on South Walnut Street in Carlsbad was turned into a crime scene Thursday when police say 27-year-old Timothy Maag murdered his mother Raina Hillman inside, stabbing her before setting the house on fire. It’s something the family says they still cannot comprehend.
“In the back of my mind I was hoping that it would’ve been somebody else that was found in there, not my wife of 21 years,” said Tom Hillman.
Firefighters found Hillman’s body in the living room while responding to calls of smoke coming from the home.
She had just moved into the home with her husband, Tom. He said he had dropped her off from the dentist right before it happened.
“Not only did I lose a wife, she lost a mother, she lost a brother and I lost a son,” he said.
Meanwhile, over in California, Amber Medina was getting calls from Maag, saying, “I took care of mom and I will take care of dad.”
“My heart dropped. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t get here fast enough,” said his sister, Amber Medina.
Police documents state Maag also called dispatch, admitting he set the house on fire after he stabbed his mother and hit her over the head with an iron skillet to ‘end her suffering.’ He was found blocks away at a church and detained for questioning.
“In his right frame of mind, he wouldn’t have done this,” said Hillman.
Maag was released from a mental hospital in Las Cruces the day before the murder and had been living with his parents.
Documents state Maag had been fighting with them before he was sent there.
“My mom and him were best friends,” said Medina.
“Just like anybody else, everybody getting angry and has outbreaks, but nothing to this degree,” said Hillman.
Hillman said his son had just been put on new medication and must have snapped.
“The person that has been charged with doing this is not my son,” said Hillman.
“There’s not a enough help for mental health and this is just proof that society thinks mental health is a joke,” said Medina.
Maag is being held in the Eddy County Detention Center without bond.
Firefighters say the home is a total loss. Hillman is staying with friends in the meantime.