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Lois Riess now facing the death penalty

Florida State Attorney filed notice on Monday.

Posted: Jul 2, 2018 3:29 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2018 3:33 PM

FORT MYERS, Florida – A Minnesota woman is now facing the death penalty for a Florida murder.

The State Attorney for the 20th Judicial District in Florida filed notice Monday that it intends to seek the death penalty in the 1st degree murder case against Lois Ann Riess of Blooming Prairie. She’s accused of killing Pamela Hutchinson on Fort Myers Beach in April.

Riess has pleaded not guilty to 1st degree murder, theft of a motor vehicle, theft, and criminal use of person information of a dead person. She is being held without bond in Fort Myers, Florida.  No trial date has been set.

Riess is also the suspect in the murder of her husband David in Blooming Prairie but the County Attorney's Office says charges on that will wait until after the Florida murder case is completed.

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