College student repeatedly, fatally stabs best friend on cocaine rage

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

Cutting confessed to killing Alexa, and rambled and prayed as she told officers she had done drugs "with the devil" reported the New York Post.

After a neighbor heard screaming and called 911, officers arrived to find Cannon dead and Cutting covered in blood inside their apartment.

In the January 24 incident, officers arrived and Cutting told them that she stabbed her "best friend" before telling the officials to "arrest [her]".

Alexa, who was described as loving arts and music, and Cutting, who was president of the university's Latino Student Alliance, had been friends before moving in together.

Before the stabbing, Cannon wrote glowing social media posts about her friend, at one point praising her for her accomplishments in school. "And unimaginably she still puts up with me and now we're living together next year". "Love you more!" Cannon shared on her Facebook page in 2018. Radford City Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Rehak and defense attorney Blair Howard both cited Cutting's extreme drug use as the primary factor. She also attempted to stick her entire hand in her mouth, the report said.

The 21-year-old psychology student pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, The Roanoke Times reported.

She also prayed, mentioned the apocalypse and uttered the line about doing cocaine with the devil, the paper reported.

"The days and months to come will also be hard as we extend our deepest sympathies, as well as our thoughts and prayers, to the family and loved ones of our student", Hemphill said.

The interrogation was a "rambling and freakish series of episodes" that included Cutting's statement that she had done drugs with the devil, Rehak said.

A search warrant executed at her apartment is said to have yielded pills, brown residue, smoking devices, and an array of drug paraphernalia.

'There are no words for this tragedy and my heart is filled with sorrow and grief. "My heart goes out to the Cannon family", she claimed. "I am so, so sorry".

He added: "Please join me in expressing the Radford family's deepest sympathies and lasting condolences to the Cannon family and all of those impacted by Alexa's passing and this inexcusable and heinous act".

"Perhaps more importantly, the agreement secured a murder conviction, avoided any appeals and spared Alexa's family and friends the anguish and anxiety of trial", he said in a statement.

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