Conflicting views of Purdue University shooting suspect emerge

This undated booking photo provided by the Tippecanoe County Jail shows Cody Cousins, who faces preliminary charges of murder for the shooting death of Andrew Boldt, a 21-year-old Purdue University student from West Bend, Wis., inside the school's Electrical Engineering Building, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Tippecanoe County Jail)

January 22, 2014 3:32:43 PM PST
Conflicting portraits are emerging of a man accused in the fatal shooting of a Purdue University student.

Former high school classmates and teachers say 23-year-old Cody Cousins excelled academically. But both a Purdue professor who worked with him and a Purdue student say he could be rude and disliked being told he was wrong.

Cousins faces a preliminary charge of murder in Tuesday's shooting death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin. Both were seniors in Purdue's engineering school.

Cousins has a court appearance scheduled Thursday. Police haven't disclosed a motive for the shooting.

Purdue Professor Thomas Talavage describes Cousins as intense and aggressive about his projects. He says Cousins "didn't like to be told he was wrong."