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)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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