Man accused of killing brother with baseball bat allegedly told police he wished he did it sooner
An Albany Park man accused of bludgeoning his older brother to death with a baseball bat allegedly told police he wished he had done it sooner.
Carl Noffz, who has a history of mental illness, said he “didn’t have a second thought” when he killed Phillip Noffz and told officers who came to their home that he “should have done this years ago,” Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.
Carl Noffz also allegedly admitted to the officers that he struck his 28-year-old brother in the face with a bat about six times to make sure he was dead.
No motive for Tuesday’s deadly attack was offered in court, but prosecutors said the younger Noffz, 23, has been previously diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
At 5:20 a.m. the day of the murder, Carl Noffz roused another brother, told him about the attack and suggested that they leave the premises.
But that brother went to Phillip Noffz’s bedroom and found him lying face-up in bed with blood covering his face and a bedroom wall, prosecutors said. That brother called police, who arrived about 20 minutes later.
A wooden bat was recovered from behind a dresser.
The three brothers were the only ones at home, in the 4800 block of North Central Park Avenue, at the time of the murder, prosecutors said.
Judge Mary Marubio ordered Carl Noffz held without bail, citing the “particularly violent and brutal nature” of the attack.
Carl Noffz voluntarily checked himself into hospitals in the city on three occasions this year for mental health treatment.
In January, he was hospitalized for three weeks. He was hospitalized again for several days in March and April, according to prosecutors.
Phillip Noffz was a second-year physics major at Northeastern Illinois University, where he revived its boxing club, according to the college newspaper.