Lois Riess gets July court date


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lois Riess, the Minnesota woman accused of killing her husband and her look-alike, is set to make a court appearance in July.

Riess’ case management conference is set for 8:30 a.m. July 11 before Lee County Judge Joseph Fuller Jr. She’s facing charges of second-degree murder, grand theft of a motor vehicle, third-degree grand theft and criminal use of personal identification after 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson’s death.

Riess, 56, was arrested on April 19 after about a month on the run. She made her way from Blooming Prairie, where she is suspected of killing her 54-year-old husband, David Riess, on March 21, to Fort Myers Beach, Fla., where she allegedly targeted Hutchinson because of their similarities in appearance. Hutchinson was found dead April 9 in a Fort Myers Beach, Fla., condo.

Authorities determined Riess would be tried first in Florida. Second-degree murder charges, which are expected in Minnesota, have not been filed.

Riess also is facing one count of felony theft for allegedly illegally transferring $11,000 from her husband’s business and personal accounts to her own after his death.

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