Man ac­cused of killing brother with base­ball bat al­legedly told po­lice he wished he did it sooner

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MATTHEW HEN­DRICK­SON, STAFF RE­PORTER mhen­drick­son@sun­ | @MHen­drick­sonCST

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.

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