Murder charge filed in Purdue University shooting, new details released

Police: Cody Cousins used gun, knife in attack

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Springboro High School graduate accused of killing a fellow Purdue University student was formally charged with murder Thursday shortly after documents revealed new details in the case.

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.

Police say Cousins attacked 21-year-old Andrew Boldt around noon Tuesday in Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building on the campus in West Lafayette.

Authorities said Cousins used both a gun and knife to kill Boldt, who was his undergraduate teaching assistant colleague. Cousins left both weapons at the scene before he walked outside to await for police to arrest him, officials said.

In documents released Thursday, police and witnesses described events during and after the shooting but did not provide any insights that might have triggered the deadly encounter.

Police said Cousins targeted Boldt, of West Bend, Wis., but haven’t disclosed why.

Boldt was killed during a lab class taught by professor David Meyer in Room 067 in the basement of the Electrical Engineering Building. Both students worked under Meyer for separate classes.

At about 12:03 p.m., Tuesday, Purdue campus police and West Lafayette police said they received several emergency calls about a shooting inside the building. When police arrived, they saw several people “fleeing.”

According to Boldt's LinkedIn profile, he previously served as an intern with John Deere. His profile also says he was an Eagle Scout.

Boldt was expected to graduate from Purdue this spring. He graduated from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee in 2010.

"Violent crime, whenever and wherever it occurs, shocks our conscience and incites our rage," Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. "When it happens in our home, to a family member -- and as a Boilermaker Andrew Boldt was family to us -- those emotions are more powerful still."

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 St. Frances Cabrini Church, followed by a funeral Mass that night at the church. 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 and funeral.

WHIO contributed to this report

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