SOUTH BEND — A South Bend man charged with murder was ordered today to provide a DNA sample for investigators in his case.
Brian Cocot, 38, was arrested June 13 and faces a Class A felony charge in the death of his wife Marsha.
Judge Jerome Frese ordered Cocot to allow investigators to swab the inside of his cheek for the sample. The DNA collected from the swab will be compared to DNA found at the scene of the crime, according to the prosecutor’s office.
"This is a standard request where DNA is found at the scene," said Lora Bentley, director of media relations for the prosecutor’s office.
After his arrest, Cocot admitted to police he killed his wife after an argument in their South Bend home, according to court documents. During the dispute, Cocot told police he struck her on the head with a hammer and strangled her until she stopped breathing.
Cocot fled from his home after killing his wife and tried to commit suicide at his mother’s home in Elkhart, police said. He told investigators that when his suicide attempt failed, he called police to check on his wife in their home on Southland Avenue.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Marsha Cocot dead inside the home as natural gas leaked into the building.
Cocot is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 16.