EDINBURG — An Elsa man accused of bludgeoning his father to death has had his bond reduced, court records show.
State district Judge Roberto “Bobby” Flores reduced Joseph Robert Nocar’s bond — which had already been reduced from $2 million to $1.5 million last year, when Nocar was arraigned in connection with his 76-year-old father’s death — to $500,000.
Authorities allege Nocar killed his father by striking him with an unknown object. Frederick Nocar was found inside his Weslaco home lying in a pool of his own blood by his daughter, who had checked on him after not hearing from him in more than a week.
Additionally, a witness came forward detailing injuries Jospeh Nocar’s father suffered that were not disclosed to the public, which allegedly were revealed by the defendant to the witness.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed against the suspect, he purportedly gave investigators consent to search the man’s truck, where authorities say they discovered a drop of blood on the exterior of the driver’s side door.
It was Joseph Nocar’s second attempt to have his bond reduced. Flores had denied the first attempt back in late July.
Joseph Nocar’s appearance in court in late July came after the defendant had written a letter to Flores, in which he claimed his innocence, and his determination to take the case to trial.
“My father — god bless his departed soul, was victim of an unknown assailant; and I pray that — justice shall prevail concerning his death,” Joseph Nocar wrote. “I say this both as a son and father myself, but most importantly your Honor I say this as a son who loves his father; for both my father and I are victims of the same unknown — assailant …There are two victims here your Honor.”
Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra stated at the time of Joseph Nocar’s arrest that authorities believed the suspect was a known gang member with substance abuse issues who would assault his father for not giving him money for drugs.
The 40-year-old man, who has been in custody since his October 2017 arrest, remained in custody as of Wednesday afternoon on a $500,000 bond, according to jail staff.
Joseph Nocar is due back in court for a pretrial hearing in late January, court records show.