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Video: Minnesota fugitive laughs with woman she's suspected of murdering

Lois Riess is considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities in Florida have released surveillance video that shows an accused Minnesota murderer smiling and laughing while talking to a woman she is believed to have shot dead a short time later. 

Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, is considered armed and dangerous and police believe she could kill again. 

She's been on the run since her husband David Riess was found shot to death at a wax worm farm in southern Minnesota on Mar. 23. 

The mother-of-3 and grandmother is now suspected to have killed 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Florida, in an apparent attempt to assume her identity.

Video footage released by the Lee County Sheriff's Office shows the two together last week at the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Ft. Myers, Florida. 

"This stone-cold killer was smiling like anyone’s mother or grandmother when she approached our victim,” said Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno during a Friday news conference. 


On the run Minnesotan wanted for a second murder

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Investigators believe Hutchinson may have been killed with the same firearm used in the murder of her husband, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office said on Friday.

Reiss is 5'5'', 165 pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair.  

She is believed to have stolen Hutchinson's white Acura and driven it across the Gulf Coast to Corpus Christie, Texas, but her whereabouts now are unknown. 

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