RU student pleads guilty in stabbing of roommate

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Luisa I Cutting
A former Radford University student has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing her roommate. Luisa Ines Tudela Harris Cutting, age 21, pled guilty to second-degree murder Monday in the January death of Alexa Cannon. Cutting read a brief statement taking responsibility and apologizing to Cannon’s family.

“There are no words for this tragedy and my heart is filled with sorrow and grief. … I am so, so sorry,” Cutting said.

Judge Joey Showalter sentenced Cutting to 40 years in prison with 20 years suspended, and 10 years of probation after her release, and required her to enroll in mental health counseling. He also ordered that she repay $3,686.76 to the Virginia Victims Fund.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Rehak said Miss Cutting admitted to killing Cannon. Radford police found Cutting covered in blood in the pair’s off-campus apartment. Cutting told police she was on an several drugs that night including cocaine, mushrooms, Xanax and Adderall. Her defense attorney, Blair Howard, confirmed that Cutting had a history of drug abuse and said that led to a psychotic episode.