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Purdue University student claims insanity in killing of West Bend native

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (WTAQ) - A Purdue University student now claims he was insane when he allegedly killed a classmate from Wisconsin.  

Cody Cousins' lawyer indicated earlier he would pursue an insanity defense for his 23-year-old client. A notice for such a defense was filed Thursday -- and Judge Thomas Busch appointed two mental health experts to examine Cousins Friday. A third expert will examine the defendant later.  

Cousins is charged with murder in the January slaying of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend. Boldt was stabbed and shot while he was serving as a professor's assistant in an electrical engineering class at Purdue.  

Cousins told a judge a couple weeks ago that he was given medication to treat schizophrenia and control his moods.  

Besides the insanity plea, defense lawyer Kirk Freeman has asked that a possible trial be moved to an Indiana county outside of Purdue's home at West Lafayette.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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