Convicted Purdue University shooter Cody Cousins, 24, was reportedly found dead in his prison cell at Indiana State Prison.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Cousins was found unresponsive Tuesday night. Indiana State Prison Superintendent Ron Neal said in a statement that Cousins was discovered unresponsive in his cell during a routine check. He was found alone in his Michigan City cell with self-inflicted lacerations to his neck and arms.
“It appears he used a razor to self-inflict wounds to his neck and arms,” said Doug Garrison, Indiana Department of Corrections spokesman.
USA Today stated that Cousins was discovered just before 9 p.m. Tuesday and he was pronounced dead at approximately 9:20 p.m.
The Purdue University shooting took place in January of this year. At the time of the initial report, the Inquisitr stated that the shooter, later identified as Cody Cousins, specifically targeted his victim who was later identified as Andrew Boldt, 21. Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, offered his condolences to the family shortly after the shooting took place: “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the victim and to everyone in the Purdue community.”
A few days following Cousins arrest for the Purdue University shooting, he was charged with the murder of Andrew Boldt. Fellow students and teachers had mixed feelings about Cousins’ arrest. Some found it hard to believe that Cousins was capable of murder, others claimed that they’ve seen a more aggressive side to Cousins.
“He just seemed like a pretty normal college student,” said Cousins’ neighbor Andrew Matyasovski. “I would have never imagined anything like this happening.”
“He didn’t like to be told he was wrong,” said Professor Thomas Talavage, an instructor who often worked with Cousins. “He tended to be more aggressive in his debating and tended to be more convinced he was right.”
The Chicago Tribune went on to say that Cousins pleaded guilty to the murder of Boldt, who was stabbed multiple times and then shot in front of other students in a classroom at Purdue’s West Lafayette, Indiana campus.
Cousins’ public defender, Kirk Freeman, had reportedly argued that mental illness should be considered as a factor. “He’s so sick he may not know he’s sick,” Freeman said at the sentencing.
An autopsy has been scheduled and officials have stated that Cousins’ death is currently under investigation at this time. Stay with the Inquisitr as more details become available on the death of convicted Purdue University shooter Cody Cousins.
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