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Purdue Shooting Suspect Says He’s Taking Schizophrenia Meds

The Purdue University student suspected of killing a classmate on campus has told a Tippecanoe Superior Court judge that he takes medicine for schizophrenia.

Cody Cousins, 23, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Purdue University student Andrew Boldt.

Photo: Tippecanoe County Sheriff

Cody Cousins, 23, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Purdue University student Andrew Boldt.

At the hearing to appoint Cody Cousins a public defender, he told the judge he takes Depakote, which was prescribed while he was in the Tippecanoe County Jail.

According to the manufacturer, Depakote is a mood stabilizer approved for treatment of bipolar disorder, seizures, and migraines. Some scientific studies have also examined it as a treatment for schizophrenia.

At the same hearing, Cousins’ former attorney Robert Gevers also filed a formal motion to withdraw from the case after Cousins requested Gevers stop representing him.

The judge granted that motion and Cousins has now been appointed counsel from the Tippecanoe County Public Defender’s office.

Cousins, 23, is accused of killing another Purdue student, Andrew Boldt, 21, in January on the Purdue campus in West Lafayette.

Jashin Lin

Jashin Lin is a reporter/videographer for WFIU and WTIU news. She has previously worked as a videographer/web producer for MO.gov and as a reporter/videographer for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She studied multimedia journalism and information technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can follow her on Twitter @jashinlin.

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