Student accused of stabbing roommate at Radford University waived rights in hearing

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RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Luisa Cutting, the woman charged in the stabbing death of her roommate, Alexa Cannon, appeared in court Thursday.

Both were students at Radford University at the time of the murder on January 24.

Cutting waived her right to a preliminary hearing at the Thursday court appearance. She appeared alongside her attorneys, Blair Howard and John Clark.

“We reviewed carefully the evidence and we believe there was sufficient probable cause to believe our client was involved in this very tragic event,” said Howard. “And that’s all a preliminary hearing is. A very low bar of proof. It’s not guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. So we thought it appropriate to waive the preliminary hearing,” said Howard.

Howard also said he believes mental health issues were a factor in the crime. He declined to elaborate.

“At the appropriate time, we hope to address those issues,” Howard said.

The grand jury hearing is scheduled for September 13, 2019.

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