New lawyer for Purdue suspect wants trial moved

Cody Cousins, 24, walking from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse where he was granted a new attorney Thursday, May 8, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
Cody Cousins, 24, walking from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse where he was granted a new attorney Thursday, May 8, 2014. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The new attorney representing a man who allegedly killed a Purdue University student wants a judge to move the murder trial out of Tippecanoe County.

Cody Cousins, 23,  is charged with murder in the Jan. 21 killing of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin, inside a classroom on the West Lafayette campus.

Kirk Freeman, the newly appointed public defender, is seeking a change of venue for the trial, which is currently scheduled for October.

Freeman cited six reasons for the trial to move including that Purdue University is a major employer in the county where a potential jury pool would be drawn, and that recent reporting of Cousins’ use of mental health medication has been “inflammatory.”

Freeman is also seeking public funds for a computer consultant, a private investigator for assistance in locating records and witnesses, a court reporter, and a mental health assessment for Cousins.

Academic and disciplinary records for both Cousins and Andrew Boldt have been requested.

In documents filed Monday is a motion to preserve computer records including files, time logs and audio/video recordings from the Purdue and West Lafayette Police departments, the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana Homeland Security Department, and Purdue and West Lafayette Fire departments.

A motion to continue or reset the omnibus date was also in Monday’s filings.

A scheduling conference has been set for May 16.

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