Lois Riess is suspected of killing her husband in Minnesota and is accused of the murder of a Florida woman and stealing her identity.
(Dodge County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
Prosecutors in Florida say they will seek the death penalty for a Minnesota grandmother accused of killing her husband and another woman, before he the latest victim of the identity and leading authorities on a cross-country manhunt.
The State Attorney’s Office in Lee County submitted a notice of intent Monday to seek the death penalty against a 56-year-old Lois Riess. A grand jury indicted her last month of first-degree murder charges. A conviction would mean life in prison or execution. Riess has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Riess was arrested at a Texas restaurant in April. Investigators believe she killed her husband David in their Blooming Prairie, Minn., house on March 23. Lois Riess than the alleged flight to Fort Myers, Florida, where she met 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson. Prosecutors say Riess killed Hutchinson and tried to make a cover up of the murder.
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For Riess to receive the death penalty, the public prosecutor must, prove that they committed the murder to avoid arrest, to receive monetary gain and that the crime happened in a “cold, calculated, and premeditated manner.”
Lois Riess has not yet been charged in the death of her husband. The officials said that they were waiting for the final results of the tests on the weapon used in the murder.
In May, Riess’ son, Braden, told “Inside Edition” that his mother had “bite” and he claimed to her gambling may have contributed to the crisis. Braden Riess said that Lois gambled away $500,000 in the estate and the reports indicated that they were more than $100,000 in debt at the time of the death of her husband.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.