Man charged in Purdue attack admits schizophrenia

Cody Cousins is escorted from from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse Thursday, May 8, 2014, in downtown Lafayette, Ind.   A judge has decided to let Cousins drop his defense attorney. A Tippecanoe County judge on Thursday approved the request from 23-year-old Cousins after questioning both Cousins and attorney Robert Gevers in court. Cousins is charged with murder in the January death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin, inside a classroom on the West Lafayette campus.  (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, John Terhune)
Cody Cousins is escorted from from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse Thursday, May 8, 2014, in downtown Lafayette, Ind. A judge has decided to let Cousins drop his defense attorney. A Tippecanoe County judge on Thursday approved the request from 23-year-old Cousins after questioning both Cousins and attorney Robert Gevers in court. Cousins is charged with murder in the January death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin, inside a classroom on the West Lafayette campus. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, John Terhune)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The man charged with killing a fellow Purdue University student during a classroom attack has told a judge he’s being treated for schizophrenia.

The Journal & Courier reports Cody Cousins’ admission Thursday was the first time that Cousins or his defense has directly linked him to a mental health issue.

The 23-year-old man from Warsaw, Indiana, is accused of shooting and stabbing 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin, in a classroom on the West Lafayette campus Jan. 21.

Cousins told a Tippecanoe County judge he takes medicine for schizophrenia that was prescribed for him after he was incarcerated at the Tippecanoe County Jail.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Busch ruled during the hearing that Cousins could drop his defense attorney and be represented by a public defender.

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