Cousins’ attorney plans to use insanity defense

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

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — The attorney for Cody Cousins has filed a notice that he plans to use a defense of mental disease or defect.

On Friday, Superior II Judge Thomas Busch signed off on an order to get previous medical and psychiatric records of Cousins. Also Friday morning, two doctors from the Wabash Valley Alliance Steven Berger and Vernon Little were appointed to examine Cousins.

The judge’s order states that Cousins must tell the court the names of the people and institutions who have treated him in the past so that all of his records can be collected. If he fails to do so, the mental disease defense will be waived.

Trial is still set for Oct. 6. But as News 18 has already reported, the attorney for Cousins Kirk Freeman has requested a change of venue. 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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