‘Blackmailed,’ according to the Purdue University man accused of killing his roommate.

In his first court appearance on Friday, the defendant accused of killing his Purdue University roommate claimed he had been “blackmailed.”

In a video interview with reporters, Ji Min “Jimmy” Sha, 22, responded “extremely sorry” when asked if he had a message for the family of the victim, Varun Manish Chheda, 20, who was killed.

Sha is accused of murder in its first stages.
He received a 72-hour extension for his case in the Tippecanoe County Jails magistrate court, according to court records.


According to Fox 59, while the court filings filed against Sha Friday shed more light on Chheda’s death, they don’t reveal much about his motivation.

Ji Min Sha, 22, was identified as the suspect by Purdue Police Chief Lesley Wiete during a press conference.

Sha, a Korean international student majoring in cybersecurity, was detained after Purdue Police claimed he called 911 about the death at 12:44 a.m. ET.

According to the Tippecanoe County coroner, Chheda died from “several sharp force traumatic injuries,” and homicide was the cause of death.

Fox 59 reported that Chheda was discovered seated on a chair with blood all around him and a folding knife on the floor of his dorm room, and that Purdue records show that police officers spoke with Sha who had blood on his clothes and body.

A student, name not given, holds a candle during a vigil for Varun Manish Chheda, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Varun Manish Chheda, a student at Purdue, was killed inside McCutcheon Hall early Wednesday.

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According to the broadcaster, Sha reportedly admitted using the knife that was on the ground to kill Chheda.
He hasn’t been formally accused yet.
The first hearing for Sha is scheduled for next Thursday at 2:00 PM ET.

According to a story from WTHR on Thursday, Chheda had been gaming online with friends ‘s death was confirmed by the authorities, and friend Andrew Wu informed the publication that he heard screaming coming from the gaming platform.

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Varun Manish Chheda, 20, was killed at his Purdue University dorm earlier this week.

Chheda is well known for being a decent, wise, and thoughtful person.

Chheda’s former classmate Wu revealed to Fox News Digital last week that his pal never brought up his college roommate in Indiana.