TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Thursday in a Tippecanoe County courtroom, Cody Cousins pleaded guilty to the murder of 21-year-old Purdue student Andrew Boldt.
Cousins had to answer a series of questions after deciding to plead guilty. When asked if he went to Purdue’s campus Jan. 21 to find and kill Boldt, he responded “yes.”
Cousins also said he did shoot and stab Boldt. He said he had been evaluated for mental illness and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. His attorney, Kirk Freeman, could not comment on when that evaluation took place.
However, Cousins did not say why he wanted to and did kill Boldt, and we may never know why.
The sentencing for Cousins has been scheduled for Sept. 19. At that time, a judgement of guilty but mentally ill may be determined after hearing testimony from both sides. That could include anyone whose name was on the witness list for Cousins’ trial, which includes at least eight mental health experts.
Under the murder charge Cousins could face anywhere between 45 and 65 years behind bars. Before Thursday’s guilty plea, the trial had been set for October. No plea deal has been offered.
Before leaving the courthouse Thursday, Cousins’ mother stopped our crew. She told them to write down one word and look up the meaning. That word was “Anosognosia.” It means “lack of insight” or “lack of awareness” that a person has a disease.
Anosognosia is believed to be one of the reasons why people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder do not take their medications. We do not now how or if this information will be used at the sentencing next month.