Apology issued at gas station slaying sentencing

David Cocklin
Mug shot of David Randal Cocklin provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The man who admitted to stabbing another man to death in a gas station in 2014 was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday morning.

Raynell C. White died after he was stabbed by David Randal Cocklin after the two got into an argument at the Clark station located near the intersection of Wayne Trace and Drexel Avenue in Fort Wayne on the evening of May 1.

Cocklin was originally charged with murder, but that charge was dropped after he agreed to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in December.

During the sentencing, Cocklin read the following statement, “I want to publicly apologize for my inappropriate contact with Mr. White.”

Clinical psychologist Dr. Stephen Ross, testified that Cocklin, who is 57, suffers from bipolar disorder and was not taking his medication when the crime took place.

Steven Godfrey of the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office said White had stolen a credit card from Cocklin and that’s why Cocklin became enraged and stabbed White.

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