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UPDATE: Purdue shooting suspect's murder trial postponed

Andrew F. Boldt

Andrew F. Boldt

UPDATED Saturday, March 8, 2014 --- 5:54 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The murder trial of a Purdue University engineering student accused of killing another student on campus has been postponed for six months.

The trial date for 23-year-old Cody Cousins was rescheduled for Oct. 6 during a hearing Friday in a Tippecanoe County court. It had been scheduled to begin April 22.

The Warsaw resident has been charged with murder in the January killing of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis.

Prosecutors and police say Cousins attacked Boldt around noon Jan. 21 in Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building on the campus in West Lafayette. Court documents say Boldt suffered both gunshot and knife wounds and that several people were in the classroom and witnessed the attack.

Court documents have not cited a possible motive for the slaying.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Friday, March 7, 2014 --- 3:03 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The murder trial of a Purdue University engineering student accused of killing another student on campus has been postponed for six months.

The trial date for 23-year-old Cody Cousins was rescheduled for Oct. 6 during a hearing Friday in a Tippecanoe County court. It had been scheduled to begin April 22.

The Warsaw resident has been charged with murder in the January killing of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis.

Prosecutors and police say Cousins attacked Boldt around noon Jan. 21 in Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building on the campus in West Lafayette. Court documents say Boldt suffered both gunshot and knife wounds and that several people were in the classroom and witnessed the attack.

Court documents have not cited a possible motive for the slaying.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, March 7, 2014 --- 1:41 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Defense attorneys for a Purdue University engineering student accused of killing another student on campus may call a psychiatrist who has testified in high-profile cases like those of a woman who drowned her five children in a bathtub and the man who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart.

Dr. Phillip Resnick's name appears on a defense witness list entered into court documents this week by attorneys for Cody Cousins. The 23-year-old Cousins has been charged with murder in the January killing of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis.

Resnick testified in 2012 at the trial of a teenager convicted of killing three students in a shooting at a school near Cleveland, Ohio. He's also testified in the trials of defendants such as Andrea Yates, Brian Mitchell and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.

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UPDATED Saturday, February 22, 2014 --- 5:22 a.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue University's board of trustees has awarded a posthumous degree to a student who was fatally shot and stabbed last month during a campus attack.

The trustees approved the posthumous degree in electrical engineering for 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis., on Friday, one month after he was slain.

Officials say Boldt had met most of the degree requirements before he was killed Jan. 21 inside Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus, allegedly by a fellow student.

Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Spurgeon tells WLFI-TV that "it was just important that he go ahead and receive the degree" because Boldt had spent 3 1/2 years pursuing his Purdue degree.

Twenty-three-year-old Cody Cousins has been charged with murder in Boldt's death.

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UPDATED Friday, February 21, 2014 --- 6:03 a.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue University officials are moving ahead with plans to award a posthumous degree to the student fatally shot and stabbed during a campus attack last month.

The Purdue board's Academic Affairs Committee voted Thursday to endorse the posthumous degree in electrical engineering for 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis. Officials say he had met most of the degree requirements before he was killed Jan. 21 inside Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus.

Trustee JoAnn Brouillette tells WLFI-TV that board members hope granting the degree helps the healing process for Boldt's family.

Another electrical engineering student faces murder charges in Boldt's death and is jailed without bond while awaiting trial.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 29, 2014 --- 6:37 a.m.

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds of people packed a Catholic church in a southeastern Wisconsin city to mourn the death of a Purdue University student who was killed in a campus classroom last week.

University President Mitch Daniels and fellow engineering students traveled from West Lafayette, Ind., for the funeral of Andrew Boldt, held at St. Francis Cabrini in West Bend Tuesday night.

Daniels says that as he learned more about Boldt and his family he realized "America doesn't have any finer people."

Teachers and friends from Boldt's former school, Marquette University High in Milwaukee, were among the mourners. WISN-TV reports Marquette's president, Rev. Warren Sazama, urged those dealing with Boldt's death to come together as a community of faith in prayer.

Another Purdue engineering student, Cody Cousins, is charged with killing Boldt.

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 28, 2014 --- 5:24 a.m.

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) -- Family and friends of Andrew Boldt will pay their respects to the 21-year-old West Bend native killed last week at Purdue University.

The Boldt family will receive visitors from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Saint Frances Cabrini Church in West Bend. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m.

Those expected to attend include Mitch Daniels, Purdue's president and a former Indiana governor.

The university also is providing charter bus service for students who want to come from Purdue to Wisconsin for the funeral.

Boldt was fatally shot and stabbed last week by another student. A not-guilty plea was entered on behalf of Cody Cousins, the 23-year-old charged in his death.

A scholarship fund is being set up in Boldt's memory.

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UPDATED Monday, January 27, 2014 --- 2:44 p.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue University has announced it will provide charter bus service for students who want to attend funeral services in Wisconsin for a student fatally shot and stabbed on campus last week.

The university announced Monday it would provide bus service to West Bend, Wis., for the service of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt. Authorities say Boldt was killed Jan. 21 in Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus.

An innocent plea was entered last week on behalf of 23-year-old Cody Cousins, who has been charged with murder. He has been ordered held without bond.

The buses are scheduled to leave the campus in West Lafayette about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The visitation will be Tuesday afternoon at St. Frances Cabrini Church, followed by a funeral Mass that night at the church.

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UPDATED Thursday, January 23, 2014 --- 2:08 p.m.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- A magistrate has entered a not-guilty plea for a Purdue University student charged with murder in the shooting of another student in a classroom.

Twenty-three-year-old Cody Cousins of Warsaw appeared at a hearing Thursday at the Tippecanoe County Jail to face a charge of murder in the death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis.

Court documents say Boldt suffered both gunshot and knife wounds when he was fatally attacked shortly before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building.

Prosecutors asked that Cousins be held without bond and defense attorney Robert Gevers II didn't contest that, so Magistrate Sean Persin ordered that Cousins remain in custody.

Cousins sat composed with his hands on his lap for most of the 10-minute hearing.

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UPDATED Thursday, January 23, 2014 --- 10:35 a.m.

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) -- The funeral for the Wisconsin man killed at Purdue University this week will be held next week at his family's church in West Bend.

The visitation for Andrew Boldt will be Tuesday afternoon at Saint Frances Cabrini Church, followed by a funeral Mass at 7 p.m. CT. Friends from Purdue, as well as his former classmates from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, are invited to attend, as is the local community.

Boldt was fatally shot on Tuesday. The suspect was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Church Pastor Nathan Reesman says the Boldt family continues to request their privacy be respected. He also asks that media not attend the visitation and funeral events.

Teachers remembered Boldt as a top math student who was generous and kind.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 22, 2014 --- 8:08 p.m.

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) -- The West Bend native who was shot and killed at Purdue University this week is being remembered for his kind heart and eagerness to help others.

About 150 people gathered for a prayer service Wednesday evening at Saint Frances Cabrini Parish in West Bend, Wis., about 40 miles northwest of Milwaukee. They were there to remember Andrew Boldt, who was killed Tuesday.

Many entered the parish quietly, some carrying boxes of tissues. They hugged in silence, looked at each other with tearful eyes and slowly made their way to the pews.

Pastor Nathan Reesman remembers Boldt as polite, friendly and bright. He says now isn't the time to look for answers, but to care for and support one another.

Funeral plans are still being finalized.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 22, 2014 --- 5:07 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Conflicting portraits are emerging of a man accused in the fatal shooting of a Purdue University student.

Former high school classmates and teachers say 23-year-old Cody Cousins excelled academically. But both a Purdue professor who worked with him and a Purdue student say he could be rude and disliked being told he was wrong.

Cousins faces a preliminary charge of murder in Tuesday's shooting death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis. Both were seniors in Purdue's engineering school.

Cousins has a court appearance scheduled Thursday.

Police haven't disclosed a motive for the shooting. Purdue Police Chief John Cox did not return phone calls Wednesday.

Purdue Professor Thomas Talavage describes Cousins as intense and aggressive about his projects. He says Cousins "didn't like to be told he was wrong."

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 22, 2014 --- 1:43 p.m.

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin church will hold a prayer service and rosary in memory of Andrew Boldt, the West Bend native who was shot and killed at Purdue University.

Saint Frances Cabrini Parish says the event will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT "for all who are grieving this tragic news." Clergy and staff will be available for those who need support.

Details for the funeral mass and visitation are still being finalized.

The church says the Boldt family has asked that the media and community respect their need for privacy. The parish says it will post any updates on its website.

Boldt was killed Tuesday, and a suspect turned himself in a short time later. Former teachers remember Boldt as a brilliant student with a great heart.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 --- 6:54 a.m.

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) -- Family members of an engineering student shot and killed at Purdue University are expressing gratitude for prayers and support as they deal with the death of the 21-year-old man.

Andrew Boldt was killed by a fellow engineering student in a basement classroom at Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building Tuesday. In a statement issued by their church, Saint Francis Cabrini Parish in West Bend, the Boldt family asks for privacy and says there will be public opportunities to pray together in the days ahead.

Boldt was graduated from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. School president, the Rev. Warren Sazama, remembers Boldt as likable, kindhearted and a gifted student. He says Boldt's mother told him a person doesn't just wake up in the morning expecting her son to be the victim of a one-in-a-million tragic shooting.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 8:22 p.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Hundreds of people have gathered on Purdue University's campus for a vigil remembering a student who was killed there.

Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis., was fatally shot Tuesday in the Electrical Engineering Building on the school's main campus in West Lafayette. Police have arrested another student, 23-year-old Cody Cousins, on a preliminary charge of murder.

Police say they believe Cousins targeted Boldt but are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels was traveling Tuesday but offered his prayers for Boldt's family in a statement read at the vigil.

Provost Tim Sands says he hoped the vigil would be the start of a healing process for the university.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 6:32 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The victim of a fatal shooting at Purdue University was an Eagle Scout whom a former teacher describes as a "very capable student and an even better person."

Twenty-one-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis., was fatally shot Tuesday in the Electrical Engineering Building on Purdue's main campus in West Lafayette. Police have arrested another student, 23-year-old Cody Cousins, on a preliminary charge of murder.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox says Boldt was a teaching assistant at the university.

Boldt's LinkedIn profile says he spent two summers interning for John Deere in Silvis, Ill., and planned to graduate in May.

Retired Latin teacher James Greenwald of Milwaukee's Marquette University High School says his former student was bright and always willing to help others with technology issues.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 5:23 p.m.

From our news partner, WNDU in South Bend:

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Officials at Purdue University in Indiana say one person was killed in a shooting at a campus classroom building.

WTHR in Indianapolis is reporting that the shooter earlier today was 23-year-old Cody M. Cousins. The Tippecanoe Co. Jail has confirmed that he is being held for in connection with the murder in the shooting.

Police say Cousins shot and killed 21-year-old Andrew F. Boldt, a Purdue senior from West Bend, WI.

Cox says Cousins appeared to specifically target Boldt.

Officials at Purdue University in Indiana say there is no ongoing threat on campus.

Classes have now been suspended through Wednesday, and counseling services have been offered for students

A Twitter post from the university says people may resume normal activities on the campus.

Police have yet to release any other information about possible injuries.

The report of shots fired came in around noon Tuesday at the electrical engineering building on the school's campus in West Lafayette.

McClure says police have a person in custody but no details are available.

Television footage shows several law enforcement vehicles around the building on the campus about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement on the Purdue University shooting.

“Today’s shooting at Purdue University is a tragedy, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the victim and to everyone in the Purdue community. I commend the professionalism of the Purdue University Police Department in apprehending the suspect and bringing the situation to a swift conclusion. The Indiana State Police are on the scene and will continue to assist local law enforcement with the ongoing investigation.”

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Tuesday. between Hovde Hall and the Engineering Fountain.

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 1:54 p.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Officials at Purdue University in Indiana say one person was killed in a shooting at a campus classroom building.

Purdue Provost Tim Sands says he didn't immediately know the identity of the person killed or the person's connection to the university.

Campus police chief John Cox says the suspect is in custody after surrendering outside the Electrical Engineering Building following the shooting about noon Tuesday.

Cox says the person appeared to have targeted the victim.

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 12:08 p.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Police have a person in custody following a reported shooting at Purdue University in Indiana.

A Twitter post from the university says the shooting happened Tuesday at the electrical engineering building on the school's campus in West Lafayette, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Further posts say police have a person in custody, though no details have been released. The university says it told people to take shelter and has cleared the building.

A spokesman couldn't immediately be reached. About 40,000 students attend the school.

Television footage shows a fire truck and several law enforcement vehicles around the building, which is across from the building housing President Mitch Daniels' office.

Purdue employee Chris Adam told WRTV that the university sent a text alert telling those on campus to take shelter.

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 11:54 a.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Police have a person in custody following a reported shooting at Purdue University in western Indiana.

A Twitter post from the university says the shooting happened Tuesday at the Electrical Engineering Building on the school's campus in West Lafayette. Further posts say police have a person in custody, though no details have been released.

The university says it told people to take shelter and have cleared the building as the area is searched.

Television footage from the scene shows a fire truck and several law enforcement vehicles around the building.

A university spokesman couldn't immediately be reached for details, including whether anyone was wounded.

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Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 11:47 a.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue University says a shooting has been reported on its campus in West Lafayette.

A Twitter post from the university in Indiana says the shooting happened Tuesday at the Electrical Engineering Building. The university says it told people to take shelter in place.

Further posts say police have a person in custody and have cleared the building while the area is searched.

A university spokesman couldn't immediately be reached for details, including whether anyone was wounded.

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