Bartow, FL -- A Mulberry man who stabbed his girlfriend to death has agreed to a plea bargain under which he is expected to spend 15 years in prison and serve another 15 years probation after that.
In September of 2011, investigators say David McCorkle, 57, got into a verbal argument with his girlfriend, which then turned physical.
During the fight, he allegedly grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed her multiple times in the chest area.
When deputies arrived at the home, McCorkle and his girlfriend came out of the house, both armed with knives and covered in blood.
His girlfriend collapsed in the yard in front of the deputies, while McCorkle stood in the doorway with three visible stab wounds on his upper torso. She was transported to the hospital and later died.
Deputies told McCorkle to put down the knife, at which time he replied, "Kill me." They say he then threw the knife at them, which narrowly missed one deputy, struck a patrol car, and landed in the yard.
McCorkle then fell to the ground and was taken into custody.
Police say both McCorkle and his girlfriend told deputies before they were transported that they had been fighting over McCorkle being unemployed, and McCorkle had stabbed her and the dog, and then he stabbed himself.
Deputies also say they found the couple's dog's body in the home, dead from multiple stab wounds.
His girlfriend said she armed herself with a knife during the attack in an attempt to defend herself. However, McCorkle admitted his wounds were self-inflicted.
McCorkle told deputies he killed the dog as it was trying to protect his girlfriend from being stabbed.
McCorkle was taken to LRMC to be treated for his self-inflicted wounds.