TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Cody Cousins admits he’s the one who murdered Andrew Boldt in the basement of the Electrical Engineering building. The guilty plea comes seven months to the day of the murder. Information about a possible motive may be revealed at the sentencing set for next month.
Cousins pleaded guilty to murder on Thursday. He then had to answer a series of questions from the judge.
When asked if he went to Purdue’s campus Jan. 21 to find and kill Andrew Boldt, 21, his response was “yes.” He also responded “yes” when asked if he shot and stabbed Boldt. When asked if he had been evaluated for mental illness, he said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Cousins did not give a motive Thursday. It’s possible at the sentencing that a judgment of guilty but mentally ill could be entered after hearing testimony from both sides.
The attorney for Cousins, Kirk Freeman, said more information about a possible motive may be revealed at that time.
“That’s not an element of the offense. Usually in cases involving duress, necessity, mistake of fact [or] insanity that does come out and you may get your answers at the sentencing. It depends on how it comes out. I always tell my guys, ‘You know, look, I can’t predict the future,'” said Freeman.
Before Thursday’s guilty plea, the trial was set for October. In May, Freeman told the court he planned on using a defense of insanity at the trial.
Under the murder charge, Cousins could face anywhere between 45 and 65 years behind bars. The sentencing for Cousins has been scheduled for Sept. 19.