College student who left butcher knife sticking out of best friend’s mouth had ongoing problems with her before killing her: Police

A Virginia woman who allegedly killed her college roommate last Thursday and left her on the floor with a butcher knife sticking out of her mouth, reportedly had ongoing problems with the victim prior to her death.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, 21-year-old Luisa Ines Tudela Harris Cutting is accused of killing 20-year-old Alexa Cannon in their shared apartment off of the 1200 block of Clement Street. The apartment complex is a few blocks away from Radford University, where both women were students.

Authorities responded to the scene after a 911 call; a dispatcher reported hearing a woman screaming “and making reference to a knife.” When officers arrived, Cutting allegedly told them to arrest her and admitted she stabbed the victim.

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“Arrest me. I killed her,” Cutting said as she put her hands in the air, according to the arrest warrant.

The arrest warrant also indicated authorities found Cannon lying on the floor inside the apartment, in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds inflicted, and her cellphone in one hand. Police said the suspect was covered in blood, but uninjured.

So incredibly proud of my best friend, Luisa Cutting for becoming Latinos Student Alliance's President! I know you're going to be amazing with everything you do! Love you more!!

Posted by Alexa Cannon on Monday, July 9, 2018


Facebook posts painted a picture that the two were best friends. Yet, NBC 7 reports that search warrants obtained by authorities led them to believe that both Alexa and the suspect were telling others about ongoing issues. What the problems were, remain unclear.

Investigators are currently analyzing cellphones, social media, as well as GPS between the suspect and victim. Another search warrant showed police took a number of items from inside the apartment into evidence, including pills, grinders, smoking devices, and a “brown chalk-like” substance.

Meanwhile, Cutting hired attorney Blair Howard to represent her. Howard is notable for defending Lorena Bobbit in her 1993-1994 trial. Bobbit became infamous after she cut off her husband’s penis and threw it into a field.

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[Feature Photo: Luisa Cutting/Police Handout; Alexa Cannon/Facebook]