Cousins may use insanity defense in trial

Cousins may use an insanity defense in trial. (WLFI Photo)
Cousins may use an insanity defense in trial. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – The man accused of killing a Purdue student on campus earlier this year may use an insanity defense.

In Thursday’s hearing, the judge addressed Cody Cousins’ recently appointed public defender Kirk Freeman’s motion for expenditure of public funds. On the list was a mental health assessment.

The judge granted the expenses for the evaluation and treated the request as a notice of insanity defense. That means the defense has the option to use the defense of insanity during trial. Cousins will be evaluated by two psychiatrists or psychologists from the Wabash Valley Alliance.

If Cousins does not cooperate with the medical witnesses appointed by the court, evidence from any other medical witnesses may not be used as evidence. In court last week, Cousins said he is taking medicine for schizophrenia.

Freeman also wants Cousins’ trial moved out of Tippecanoe County. Prosecutor Pat Harrington said the state needs more time to respond to the change of venue request. Another hearing on that will be at a later date.

Cousins’ trial date is still set for Oct. 6, 2014 in Tippecanoe County. 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, off topic, 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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