Man charged in Purdue attack gets to change lawyer

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A judge has decided to let the man charged with killing a fellow Purdue University student during a classroom attack drop his defense attorney.

A Tippecanoe County judge on Thursday approved the request from 23-year-old Cody Cousins after questioning both Cousins and attorney Robert Gevers in court.

A public defender was appointed to represent Cousins. He 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.

The judge asked if Cousins takes any drugs or alcohol that may alter his judgment. Cousins responded he takes Depakote, which he explained was prescribed for schizophrenia.

Cousins' lawyer said he couldn't keep defending him. The change could cause a delay as the new counsel takes the case. They will need to review the case, spend some time talking to Cousins and get up to speed on all that's already happened.

This is the second time Cousins tried to drop his attorney, Robert Gevers. Last month, a Tippecanoe County judge rejected the 23-year-old's first request to dismiss Gevers. The judge said the motion filed by Cousins' attorney didn't meet the criteria.

Attorney Gevers filed a second motion a few days later telling the judge Cousins no longer desired counsel's representation and the attorney/client relationship had been damaged beyond repair as a result of that.

Cousins is charged with murder in the January killing of Andrew Boldt. He was a 21-year-old teaching assistant leading a class in the engineering building at Purdue when he was shot and stabbed around noon on January 21st. Cousins has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Gevers was hired by Cousins a few days before his initial hearing in January and represented him at a pre-trial hearing in early March. The trial date is currently set for October 6, although that is subject to change.