Luisa Ines Cutting and Alexa Cannon were more than roommates in college. They were best friends who shared an off-campus apartment until a January night of drugs and booze resulted in them “doing cocaine with the devil” and murder.
Cutting, who was a Radford University student pled guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in jail. When the cops arrived at her home, they heard a woman “make reference to a knife” and were greeted by a woman “soaked in blood” at the door.
The search warrant claimed, “The female turned around, placed her hands behind her back, and shouted, ‘Arrest me.'” When an officer questioned what occurred, the blood-soaked woman said, “I killed her.”
When officers entered the flat, they discovered a woman on the floor with multiple stab wounds and a butcher knife jammed in her mouth.
Cutting informed the police, according to The Roanoke Times, that she was “taking cocaine with the devil.” However, cocaine was not the only substance she was on the day before she committed the crime.
She admitted to using mushrooms, Adderall, Xanax, marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco, among other substances.
On the morning of her murder, a neighbor reported hearing screaming and arguing and contacted 911. Cannon died of “several sharp force injuries,” according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Rehak. She was stabbed more than 30 times, according to Cosmopolitan.
Cutting was interrogated at the police station and confessed, despite the fact that she was “rambling” and subjected to a “bizarre series of incidents.” Cutting admitted to using cocaine with the devil in the interview.
She also mentioned the Apocalypse and did the Hail Mary prayer in Spanish before attempting to force her entire hand into her mouth many times. As a result, she was taken to a mental health clinic, where she stayed for a week.
After investigators obtained search warrants to examine the flat, they discovered pills, grinders, multiple smoking devices, and a dark, chalky substance in the kitchen.
According to a post on Cannon’s Instagram account, the two roommates met online before living across the hall for a year and then moving in together. One of Cannon’s images was labeled eerily: “Love you more Lu and everyone pray that we don’t kill each other this year.〈3”
Cutting was a junior at Radford University and the president of the Latino Student Alliance. She read a statement to Cannon’s family in court, professing her regret for killing the 20-year-old psychology major.
“There are no words for this tragedy and my heart is filled with sorrow and grief…I am so, so sorry,” she said.
Cannon was well-known for her artistic and musical pursuits. Friends and family honored the avid social media user during her January memorial for bravely handling her epilepsy. craft a plea agreement that “reflected a delicate balancing of facts, trial possibilities, and proportionality.” According to ABC 13 News, the family was focused on getting a fair penalty and avoiding a lengthy trial.
“Perhaps more importantly, the arrangement ensured a murder conviction, prevented any appeals, and spared Alexa’s family and friends the misery and concern of a trial,” Rehak said. “Defenses such as insanity, resistible impulse, and willful intoxication were also considered by the Commonwealth.”
Cutting had “a mental disease,” according to defense counsel Blair Howard, and had “a psychotic episode” the night of the murder.
“She’s had to come to terms with herself,” Howard remarked. “However, she has no choice but to convey her heartfelt sorrow.”court decided on a 40-year sentence, with the remaining 20 years suspended after the first 20 have been served. She was also ordered to have no contact with Cannon’s family and to comply with any mental health therapy that authorities imposed on her throughout her sentence, according to the plea bargain.
After her release in 2039, she will be on probation for a decade.
A case of Inappropriate drug usage and possible mental disorder.