LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A magistrate has entered a not-guilty plea for a
Purdue University student charged with murder in the shooting of another
student in a classroom.
Twenty-three-year-old Cody Cousins of Warsaw appeared at a hearing
Thursday at the Tippecanoe County Jail to face a charge of murder in the
death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis.
Court documents say Boldt suffered both gunshot and knife wounds when he
was fatally attacked around noon Tuesday in Purdue's
Electrical Engineering Building.
Prosecutors asked that Cousins be held without bond and defense attorney
Robert Gevers II didn't contest that, so Magistrate Sean Persin ordered
that Cousins remain in custody.
Cousins sat composed with his hands on his lap for most of the 10-minute
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue University student accused of killing a
fellow student inside a classroom was formally charged with murder on
Thursday shortly before his initial court hearing.
Prosecutors in Tippecanoe County filed the charge against Cody Cousins,
23, and asked that he remain in custody without bond. Magistrate Sean
Persin entered a plea of not guilty on Cousins' behalf and ordered him
held without bond.
Prosecutors and police say Cousins attacked 21-year-old Andrew Boldt
around noon Tuesday in Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building on the
campus in West Lafayette. Court documents released Thursday say Boldt
suffered both gunshot and knife wounds and that several people were in the
classroom and witnessed the attack.
The documents don't give a possible motive. Police have said Cousins
targeted Boldt but haven't disclosed why or how the two might have known
Both Cousins and Boldt were seniors, and police identified Boldt as a
teaching assistant. Documents posted on the Purdue engineering school's
website also listed Cousins as a teaching assistant.
Police say when the first officer arrived at the scene of the attack, he
spotted Cousins sitting on the ground outside the university building with
his hands behind his head. The officer described Cousins as having blood
on his hands and clothes.
Cousins — whose most recent address is in Warsaw, Ind., but also has ties
to Centerville, Ohio — was arrested without incident.
Dressed in jail clothes, Cousins sat composed with his hands on his lap
for most of his 10-minute hearing at the Tippecanoe County Jail in
Lafayette. He spoke quietly, usually answering simply "yes" or "no," when
the magistrate asked him questions and explained that he could face up to
65 years in prison if convicted.
Ernest Cousins and Wendy Melancon attended their son's hearing along with
a sister of Cousins. Melancon hugged her daughter's arm while in court.
The family and other spectators sat in a gallery separated from the
courtroom by a wall of glass and cinder blocks.
"They're obviously struggling as well," defense attorney Robert Gevers II
said of Cousins' family after the hearing. "Our hearts and their hearts
are full of compassion and concern for the Purdue family and for the
family of Mr. Boldt."
Gevers, who during court did not contest prosecutors' request that Cousins
be held without bond, told reporters, "We will proceed in providing this
young man, Mr. Cousins, the best defense we can."
The case has tentatively been set for trial April 22.
Boldt's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday in his hometown of West Bend,
Wis. The visitation will be Tuesday afternoon at Saint Frances Cabrini
Church, followed by a funeral Mass that night. Schoolmates from Purdue, as
well as those who attended Marquette University High School in Milwaukee
with him, are invited to attend. Local residents are welcome, too.
Pastor Nathan Reesman says Boldt's family members continue to request that
their privacy be respected. He asks that media not attend the visitation