Attorney for accused Purdue shooter to pursue insanity defense

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LAFAYETTE (May 22, 2014) – A Purdue University student accused of shooting and stabbing a classmate to death will pursue the insanity defense.

The attorney for Cody Cousins filed a “Notice of Defense of Mental Disease or Defect” indicating the move. Cousins now has a public defender, Kirk Freeman, after asking the court to switch from his previous attorney.

The court granted a request earlier this month to have Cousins’ mental health evaluated. His attorney also filed a change of venue request to have the trial moved out of Tippecanoe County. The judge hasn’t ruled on that request yet.

Cousins, 23, said he’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia by a jail doctor. He is said to be taking Depakote to treat the illness.

He’s accused of killing Andrew Boldt on Jan. 21 inside Purdue’s Electrical Engineering Building. He’s charged with murder.

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