Lois Riess makes court appearance in Florida

Waives her right to a speedy trial.

Posted: Jul. 11, 2018 3:58 PM

FORT MYERS, Florida – A Minnesota woman accused of one killing and suspected in another appeared in court Wednesday morning.

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Lois Riess, 56 of Blooming Prairie, waived her right to a speedy trial at a hearing in Fort Myers. She’s pleaded not guilty to 1st degree murder in the death of Pamela Hutchinson. She’s facing the death penalty if convicted.

Riess is also a suspect in the death of her husband David. She disappeared after his body was found. Riess was arrested in Texas after a national manhunt and authorities say she killed Hutchinson while on the run because they looked alike and Riess wanted to steal the woman’s identity.

Riess next court appearance is scheduled for October 31.

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