College student repeatedly, fatally stabs best friend on cocaine rage

Luisa and Cannon

Luisa and Cannon

Luisa Cutting on October 7 was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing her 20-year-old Radford University roommate, Alexa Cannon, in their apartment, according to the Roanoke Times.

Cutting, who was the president of Radford University's Latinos Student Alliance at the time, told police that she had been 'doing cocaine with the devil'.

Police said that she was on a number of drugs, including mushrooms, Xanax, cocaine, marijuana, and Adderall, the Roanoke Times said.

Luisa Ines Cutting, 21, was arrested in January 2019 for the brutal stabbing murder of 20-year-old Alexa Cannon, a psychology major at Radford University in Virginia.

Reports said that the student rambled about apocalyptic visions, prayed and repeated the Hail Mary over and over. The two had been friends prior to moving in together.

Cannon was murdered in an off-campus apartment that she shared with Cutting.

Outside court, her lawyer Blair Howard said Cutting's drug taking and had caused her to suffer a "psychotic episode" and that she was sincerely sorry. A butcher knife was even found "sticking out of her mouth".

Cutting also exhibited odd behavior while at the jail, like trying to repeatedly shove her entire hand into her mouth, according to the station.

Cutting was taken to a mental health facility for a week before being transferred to jail.

During a search of the property, police found drug paraphernalia and what was described by the Roanaoke Times as a brown, chalk-like substance.

"There are no words for this tragedy and my heart is filled with sorrow and grief", she said.

At the hearing, Cutting gave a brief apology to Cannon's family.

A news release from police said officers were called to the 1200 block of Clement Street, the Roanoke Times previously reported. Officers attended the scene after neighbours complained of arguing and screaming at 07:45 am.

She also prayed, mentioned the apocalypse and uttered the line about doing cocaine with the devil, the paper reported. Authorities said they never discovered a motive for the fierce attack.

The decision to work with the victim's family and accept a plea agreement instead of going to trial "secured a murder conviction, avoided any appeals, and spared Alexa's family and friends the anguish and anxiety of a trial", Rehak said, reports local TV station WSET.

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