Criminal Justice

Purdue Student Murderer Found Dead in Cell

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October 29, 2014 –Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stan Jastrzebski reports from the Purdue main campus.

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The former Purdue University student who was sentenced to prison for the death of a fellow student reportedly took his own life Tuesday night.

The Indiana Department of Correction says Cody Cousins was found unresponsive in his single cell in the Indiana State Prison’s Orientation Unit during a routine security check. State Prison Superintendent Ron Neal says Cousins had self-inflicted lacerations, probably razor cuts, to his neck and both arms.

Cousins had arrived at the prison on October 23rd to serve his 65-year sentence for the January 21st death of  Andrew Boldt at the West Lafayette campus.

Cousins pleaded guilty to the murder in August, and prosecutors say he killed Boldt out of jealousy due to Boldt‘s popularity as a teaching assistant.   Cousins’ attorney said at the sentencing hearing that his client “was so sick that he doesn’t even know he’s sick.”

Neal says an autopsy will be conducted and the inmate death is under investigation.

Sources: Indiana Department of Correction, Network Indiana

[Photo of Cousins being escorted by Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s deputies during his trial, courtesy of USA Today]

 

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