WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) – The man accused of shooting and killing a man on Purdue University’s campus on Tuesday was ready for handcuffs when police arrived, according to court documents released on Thursday.
Cody Cousins was sitting on the ground with his hands on his head when officers arrived at the Electrical Engineering building. He was immediately taken into custody.
The court documents also indicate Cousins stabbed Andrew Boldt, in addition to shooting him. When they found Boldt, there was a knife, handgun and shell casings near his body.
Cousins had his initial court hearing Thursday afternoon at a special courtroom inside the Tippecanoe County Jail.
The Purdue computer engineering student and teaching assistant faces a single charge of murder.
During the 15 minute hearing, Cousins appeared wide eyed, and at times distant from the proceeding. At one point he had trouble telling the judge his home address. But when he was asked if he understood the charge of murder he faces, Cousins said yes.
The 23-year-old’s mother, father and sister attended the hearing.
The family’s attorney, who is representing Cousins, spoke on their behalf.
“They are obviously struggling as well. Our hearts and their hearts are full of compassion and concern for the Purdue family and the family of Mr. Boldt. We will proceed in providing Mr. Cousins the best defense we can,” said Fort Wayne Attorney Bob Gevers.
A trial date has been set for April 22. Cousins is being held without bond.
On Purdue’s campus, classes were back in session Thursday for the first time since Tuesday’s deadly shooting and stabbing.
“I think it’s good to get things back to normal. Everybody is trying to settle down. I think it’s a good thing,” said sophomore Chris Farabaugh.
“It’s hard but it’s better to come together as a community than to stay home, be single, and be worried. We’re good,” said Purdue professor Melanie Shoffner.