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Insanity defense filed in slaying at Purdue

– A judge appointed two mental health experts on Friday to determine whether an Indiana man was insane when he allegedly killed a fellow Purdue University student in a campus classroom.

According to court records, Judge Thomas Busch appointed a psychiatrist and a physician from western Indiana mental health care agency Wabash Valley Alliance to examine Cody Cousins, 23.

Defense attorney Kirk Freeman formally filed for an insanity defense this week in Tippecanoe Superior Court.

Freeman also has requested the trial be moved to another location. Freeman has argued that it would be impossible for Cousins to get a fair trial if jurors were drawn from a county in which Purdue is the largest employer. Busch has not yet ruled on Freeman’s request for a change of venue, and Cousins’ trial is currently scheduled to begin Oct. 6 in Lafayette.

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