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TIPPECANOE COUNTY (April 23, 2014) – A Purdue student accused of shooting and stabbing a classmate to death may not want his lawyer, but a judge ruled that he’ll have to keep him.

Cody Cousins is accused of killing Andrew Boldt in the Electrical Engineering Building on Jan. 21. Earlier this month, he told his attorney—Robert W. Gevers—that he didn’t want to be represented. Gevers, who’s represented Cousins since the Jan. 21 killing, filed a motion to withdraw on Monday.

Tippecanoe Superior 2 Judge Thomas Busch rejected the motion in a ruling issued Tuesday. According to the ruling, an omnibus date was set on March 11, 2014. State law allows counsel to withdraw, but that motion has to be filed no more than 30 days before such a court date.

An attorney can also withdraw if there’s a conflict of interest, if other counsel has been retained or if the attorney-client relationship has deteriorated to the point where the two can’t work together, the judge said. Additionally, an attorney can withdraw if a defendant insists on representing himself or if there is a “manifest necessity” requiring counsel to withdraw.

Busch said Gevers’ motion was filed after the omnibus date and failed to meet any of the other criteria, indicating only that “Mr. Cousins no longer desire[s] counsel’s representation.”

The ruling means Gevers will continue to represent Cousins, who’s charged with murder. Police said he shot and stabbed Boldt on campus. No motive has been released.

Cousins’ trial is set for Oct. 6.