Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Mulberry man on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, and charged him with 1 count Attempted Murder - Domestic Violence, 1 count Aggravated Assault of LEO, and 1 count Animal Cruelty Causing Death, after he used an 8-inch long butcher knife to stab his live-in girlfriend and his dog, severely wounding his girlfriend and killing the dog.
According to the affidavit, around 2:50 p.m. that day, David McCorkle, DOB 6/20/1956, of Mulberry, got into a verbal argument with his live-in girlfriend which turned physical when he armed himself with an 8-inch butcher knife and stabbed her multiple times about the torso, causing life-threatening injuries.
When deputies arrived on-scene, both the suspect and the victim came out of the house, both armed with knives and covered in blood. The victim collapsed in the yard in front of the deputies, while the suspect stood in the doorway with three visible stab wounds on his upper torso. Deputies told McCorkle to put down the knife, at which time he replied, "Kill me," and then threw the knife at them, which narrowly missed one of the deputies, struck a patrol vehicle, and then landed in the yard. McCorkle then fell to the ground and was taken into custody. His girlfriend was taken to LRMC where she has undergone surgery and is listed in critical condition.
Both McCorkle and his girlfriend told deputies before EMS transported them from the scene that they had been fighting over McCorkle being unemployed, and that McCorkle had stabbed her and the dog, and then he stabbed himself. The dog's body was located inside the home, dead from multiple stab wounds. His girlfriend stated she armed herself with a knife during the attack in an attempt to defend herself, however, his wounds are self-admittedly self-inflicted. McCorkle told deputies he killed the dog as the dog was trying to protect his girlfriend from being stabbed.
McCorkle was taken to LRMC to be treated for his self-inflicted wounds. He remains there at this time, under the watch of a PCSO deputy, and will be transported to the Polk County Jail upon his release.