An Albany Park man accused of bludgeoning his older brother to death with a baseball bat allegedly told police he had 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 separate occasions this year for mental health treatment.
In January, he was hospitalized for three weeks, and was hospitalized again for several days in both March and again in April, according to prosecutors.
Carl Noffz last received mental health counseling in a video-streamed session through Trilogy Behavior Healthcare about three weeks ago, prosecutors said.
Phillip Noffz was a second-year physics major at Northeastern Illinois University where he revived its boxing club, according to the college newspaper.
An assistant public defender said the circumstances leading up to the murder were unknown, and that Carl Noffz’s lack of criminal history showed he was not likely to be a danger to others if he was released on bond.
Marubio disagreed, saying that Carl Noffz was “clear enough of thought” to suggest fleeing with his other brother and to hide the bat.
Carl Noffz was expected back in court July 28.