LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An insanity defense is planned for a man charged with killing a fellow Purdue University student in a campus classroom, his attorney said Thursday after a judge approved a mental evaluation for the man.
Cody Cousins' attorney, Kirk Freeman, was granted his request for Tippecanoe Superior Court to pay for a mental evaluation for his client. Judge Thomas Busch interpreted the request as a step toward raising an insanity defense, which Freeman confirmed was his intent.
"He treated it as if it was an insanity (defense) even though I haven't asked for it yet," Freeman told the Journal & Courier after the hearing.
The 23-year-old Cousins, who is from Warsaw, told the judge last week he was prescribed medicine after his arrest to control his moods and treat schizophrenia. Cousins at that time also requested and received a new attorney in Freeman, who is a public defender.
Cousins is accused of fatally shooting and stabbing 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin, in January inside a classroom on the West Lafayette campus.
Busch ordered Wabash Valley Alliance, a mental health agency, to provide a psychiatrist and one other expert to evaluate Cousins. Because of the high-profile nature of the case, Busch also will ask for a third expert to evaluate Cousins. If Cousins refuses to cooperate with the experts, an insanity defense would not be allowed, Busch said during the hearing.
Cousins' previous attorney had hinted that he intended to raise an insanity defense, but the paperwork was never filed, Busch said during the hearing.
Freeman also has requested a change of venue.
Colts not re-signing Reggie Wayne this season
The Colts have announced the team will not be re-signing No. 87 Reggie Wayne for the 2015 season.
Colts' Reggie Wayne: Family or more football?
The more you allow Reggie Wayne's words to sink in – really sink in – and the more you come to realize he's not just on the downside of a…
Victim chases car thieves, prompts PD's pursuit
A police pursuit began when a car-theft victim chased the suspects, and ended in three arrests on the city's west side Friday morning.
DNR knows how to Facebook better than most
Most state agencies have social media accounts these days. But not all of them have the style and flair of the Indiana Department of Natural…
Woman, child found in Indy after Wisc. abduction
A woman and a child are safe and recovering from an abduction after a man took them across state lines into Indiana, police confirmed.
City crews on hot pursuit of problem potholes
The arctic air hovering over Indiana is about to leave for good (for the season) and that means the city can start patching up potholes…