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Murder charge filed in Purdue shooting

– A Purdue University student accused of killing a fellow student inside a classroom was formally charged with murder on Thursday shortly before his initial court hearing.

Prosecutors in Tippecanoe County filed the charge against Cody Cousins, 23, and asked that he remain in custody without bond. Magistrate Sean Persin entered a plea of not guilty on Cousins’ behalf and ordered him held without bond.

Prosecutors and police say Cousins attacked 21-year-old Andrew Boldt around noon Tuesday in Purdue’s Electrical Engineering Building in West Lafayette. Court documents released Thursday say Boldt suffered gunshot and knife wounds and that several people witnessed the attack.

The documents don’t give a possible motive. Police have said Cousins targeted Boldt but haven’t disclosed why or how the two might have known each other.

Cousins and Boldt were seniors, and police identified Boldt as a teaching assistant. Documents posted on the Purdue engineering school’s website also listed Cousins as a teaching assistant.

Police say when the first officer arrived at the scene of the attack, he spotted Cousins sitting on the ground outside with his hands behind his head. The officer described Cousins as having blood on his hands and clothes.

Cousins – whose most recent address is in Warsaw but also has ties to Centerville, Ohio – was arrested without incident.

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