Gambling Granny, Lois Riess indicted on first-degree murder

Lee Herald Favicon 16After a nationwide manhunt, 56 year-old Lois Riess was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday for the murder of a woman on Fort Myers Beach earlier this year.

Riess became the focus of national media attention after allegedly killing her husband in Minnesota, and then shooting 59 year-old Pamela Hutchinson to death on Fort Myers Beach in order to steal her identity according to Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno.

“We hope that his indictment can bring closer to the family of our victim,” said Marceno at a press conference held by the State Attorney’s Office.

Footage of Riess striking up a conversation with her victim at a local brewery was released by LCSO.

The fugitive fled through the gulf states and into Texas, where she was pursued by federal marshalls. She was eventually apprehended at South Padre Island in Texas on April 19.

Chief Assistant State Attorney Amira Fox explained that Riess faces the charge of first-degree murder with a firearm, which supersedes other charges previously brought against her, and that she will appear in court on June 11 for her arraignment hearing.

“In Florida, only a grand jury can charge 1st degree murder, which is what has happened today,” Fox said.

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