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Purdue University student pleads guilty to killing West Bend native

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (WTAQ) - A Purdue University student pleaded guilty Thursday to killing a fellow student from Wisconsin.

His lawyer said 23-year-old Cody Cousins did not seek a plea deal before he was convicted of murder. That leaves the door open to a consideration of Cousins' mental state when he stabbed and shot 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend.

It happened January 21st in an electrical engineering classroom on Purdue's main campus in West Lafayette Indiana. Boldt was serving as a teaching assistant at the time. A motive was never disclosed.

Cousins' public defender said in May he would check out the possibility of an insanity defense. A judge will decide the question of Cousins' mental state when he's sentenced on September 19th.

Both Boldt and Cousins were electrical engineering students at the time of the slaying.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)