April 23, 2014

Murder charge filed in death of Purdue student

A not guilty plea was entered Thursday on behalf of a Purdue University student accused of killing a fellow student from Wisconsin. Cody Cousins attended an initial proceeding, where a magistrate entered the plea – standard court procedure in Indiana. The 23-year-old Cousins is being held without bond, and a tentative trial date has been set for April 22nd on a murder charge in the Tuesday death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend.

Court documents filed in Tippecanoe County reveal that Boldt suffered gunshot and knife wounds. They do not mention a motive. A probable cause affidavit filed with the charge says police found Cousins sitting on the ground with his hands behind his head outside the Electrical Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus. The affidavit says officers saw blood on Cousins’ hands and clothes before taking him into custody.

Prosecutors say police discovered Boldt’s body in the basement of the building, as well as bloody footprints on the floor. Court documents also say police found a handgun, spent shell casings and a knife, and that witnesses told police they saw a man stab and shoot Boldt. They also say police obtained video showing Cousins’ presence in the building.

Funeral services for Andrew Boldt are scheduled for Tuesday.