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Florida grand jury indicts Lois Riess for 1st degree murder

She's accused of killing a woman she befriended as she fled police after her husband's death.
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Lois Riess, the Minnesota woman who sparked a nationwide manhunt in March following the death of her husband, has been indicted for the 1st degree murder of a woman she befriended while on the run.

The 56-year-old was indicted by a grand jury in Lee County, Florida, it was announced on Wednesday by chief assistant state attorney Amira Fox.

She is accused of fatally shooting Pamela Hutchinson, a 59-year-old woman she befriended in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, in April, before stealing her car and identity as she continued to evade capture.

Riess was eventually found weeks later in Texas. She could now face the death penalty, if convicted.

"When you look to those pictures, that is the end result of countless hours of teamwork ... our state, local and federal partners, it was endless and tireless work that led us here today for that indictment," Lee County undersheriff Carmine Marceno said.

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"We hope that the indictment can bring closure to the family of the victim."

Riess is also wanted over the death of her husband, David Riess, whose was found shot dead at their home in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota in late March.

She is expected to be charged by Minnesota authorities once the case in Florida has ran its course.

Her first court appearance will come on June 11 for her arraignment. She is also facing a series of other charges including grand theft auto.

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