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Lois Riess indicted for murder of husband in Minnesota

The alleged killing sparked a nationwide manhunt, during which she allegedly killed another woman.

The woman who sparked a manhunt after the death of her husband in southeast Minnesota has now been charged with his murder.

Lois Riess was on the run for four weeks after her husband, David Riess, was found shot to death at their home in Blooming Prairie, Dodge County, in March 2018.

During her period as a fugitive, Riess made it to Florida, where she allegedly killed and stole the identity of Pamela Hutchinson. She was eventually caught in South Padre Island, Texas, on Apr. 19, 2018.

Riess has already been charged with the murder of Hutchinson in Florida, where she is currently awaiting trial.

Now she's been indicted for 1st-degree premeditated murder and one count of second-degree murder relating to her husband's death.

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She's accused of killing her husband in the bathroom of their home using a .22 caliber handgun.

Hutchinson was similarly shot dead in the bathroom, this time of a hotel in Fort Myers Beach after she had been befriended by Riess at a local bar.

When Riess was captured in Texas, police found a .22 caliber handgun among her possessions, which was a match for the shell casings found at her husband's murder scene.

The charges were delayed in Minnesota because Florida authorities were not able to release the gun found in Riess' possession until October, after which it had to undergo forensic testing.

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