Photo: Suspect Cody Cousins (left); victim Andrew Boldt (right)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Jan. 23, 2014)—A probable cause affidavit released Thursday gives more insight into what transpired during a fatal shooting on the Purdue University campus Tuesday afternoon.
According to the affidavit, the victim, 21-year-old senior and teacher’s assistant Andrew Boldt, sustained stab and gunshot wounds.
Officers responded to Purdue’s Electrical Engineering Building just after noon Tuesday after receiving reports of shots fired. As officers arrived, they reported seeing several people fleeing from the building.
One of the first responding officers reported that suspect Cody Cousins, 23, was sitting on the ground outside the building with his hands behind his head. According to the documents, Cousins had blood on his hands and clothes.
When officers entered Room 067 in the basement of the Electrical Engineering Building, they found bloody footprints on the floor, describes the affidavit. When they entered the room, they located Boldt’s body, as well as a handgun with several shell casings and a knife on the ground.
Police have interviewed several individuals who were in the room at the time of the incident. Officials said the witnesses stated Cousins stabbed and shot Boldt. Authorities said they also obtained surveillance footage that showed Cousins’ in the building.
Cousins appeared in court Thursday afternoon, where he was officially charged with murder. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
“Our hearts and their hearts are full of compassion and concern for the Purdue family and for the family of Mr. Boldt. We will proceed in providing this young man, Mr. Cousins, the best defense we can,” said Robert Gevers, Cousins’ attorney.
Following his appearance, Cousins was transported to the Tippecanoe County Jail, where he’ll remain until his tentative April 22 trial date.