ST. PETERSBURG, Florida. – A woman accused of killing her husband in Minnesota and a woman who they later met in Florida was a well-known front of the door staring at her car, then fled when the introduction appeared, according to the recently released documents that detail her daily movements.
The state attorney’s office for Lee County, Florida, released about 2,600 documents on Monday which the day-to-day actions of Riess, who is charged with first-degree murder in the April 9 fatal shooting of Pamela Hutchinson in Fort Myers. Officials believe Riess targeted Hutchinson, as they looked at each other, and as Riess would adopt Hutchinson’s identity.
Riess, 56, garnered national news attention when she led authorities on a cross-country manhunt before she was captured on April 19 in Texas.
Riess’ saga began in late March, when David Riess, 54, was found dead on the couple of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, home. Lois Riess counterfeit checks to steal $11,000 from her kept man, traveled to south Florida and landed in Fort Myers, prosecutors say.
Also in March, a woman in the Blooming Prairie received a call from a woman by the name of “Light of Freedom,” which asked for the address of Thea Koster, a “mutual friend” who had a winter home in Fort Myers. The woman gave Stormy the address. Detectives discovered that Riess had the name “Light of Freedom” to open a mobile phone account.
In the beginning of April, the Clerk went outside her home in Ft. Myers to find a woman staring at her car. Sexton to the woman, and their eyes met — Koster later told the police, the woman was Riess.
“Wrong house,” said the woman, and left quickly.
Koster, who knew Riess Minnesota months ago, she’d invited the Riess couple to her Florida home — knew that she was wanted by Minnesota authorities in connection with the death of her husband, and called the police.
Researchers say that Riess than meets 59-year-old Hutchinson, who was in Fort Myers, a visit to a friend. Fort Myers is on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The researchers found surveillance video of the two women walk to Hutchinson condo-hotel room on April 4. The following night, the two women were again caught on surveillance video, the Smoking Oyster Brewery on Fort Myers Beach.
The two women were in age and stature, and both had almost white hair.
On April 6, hotel employees, said by someone who claims to be Hutchinson said that she wanted to extend her stay and her credit card charged for an additional three days. Someone also pulled $5,000 from Hutchinson on the bank account of that day. That night, an Acura registered Hutchinson was seen pulling into a hotel in Ocala, a few hours north of Fort Myers.
Video captured Riess get out of the car, and she checked on the use of Hutchinson’s credit card; she is also room service and a movie on Riess’ card.
Hutchinson’s body was not found until April 9, when a member of staff in the unit. She was found dead in the bathroom, lying on a pillow and covered with a towel. She Had shot twice, once in the heart and once in the side.
According to the data, both Hutchinson (David Riess were killed by small caliber weapons in bathrooms, both had towels draped over their body and a rolled towel was wedged between the floor and the bathroom door in both cases.
Riess its way to Texas, and the police said that they used Hutchinson credit cards and vehicle.
In South Padre Island, Riess became friends with a woman, and spent the night in her bedroom on April 15.
On April 19, Riess was arrested at a South Padre Island restaurant at the water by two federal deputy marshals. An employee recognized her from surveillance video broadcast on television. She was drinking cocktails at the bar and when she was taken into custody.
Riess was extradited to Florida, where she is confronted with the first degree murder charges. Prosecutors haven’t said whether they are seeking the death penalty.
They pleaded not guilty. Her son, Braden Riess, said she was a “good woman,” but the last time had her “own demons.”
“Something happened in her brain that made her snap,” he told “Inside Edition” in May.