Judge to hear arguments on mental health of man who killed Wisconsin student on Purdue campus

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LAFAYETTE, Indiana — The lawyer for an Indiana man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing and shooting a fellow Purdue University student is expected to try to convince a judge that his client is mentally ill.

The sentencing hearing for 24-year-old Cody Cousins of Warsaw is set for Friday afternoon in Lafayette.

Cousins pleaded guilty to murder last month for the Jan. 21 attack during which 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin, was killed inside a classroom filled with students on the West Lafayette campus. His attorney says he'll ask the judge to rule Cousins guilty but mentally ill.

Under state law, the Indiana Department of Correction would then assign Cousins to mental health treatment. If he is pronounced cured, he then would serve the remainder of his sentence in regular confinement.

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