Lois Riess enters 'Not guilty' plea in Florida

Lois Riess faces several felony charges including homicide and identify fraud in FL.

WCCO Radio Newsroom
May 30, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Courtesy of Lee County Florida


The Blooming Prairie, Minnesota woman dubbed “Losing Streak Lois” made her first court appearance over the weekend in Fort Myers, Florida.

Lois Riess, 56, is facing several felony charges including homicide, grand theft, grand theft auto and identify fraud in Lee County.

On Sunday, via video conference, Lee County Judge Zachary Gill asked Riess if she’d like the services of a public defender. She muttered “Sure,” according to audio from USA Today.

Riess is accused of befriending and killing Pamela Hutchinson, 59, in a Fort Myers Beach hotel. Investigators say Riess stole Hutchinson’s car, money and identity. Riess was arrested on April 19, in South Padre Island, Texas.

She was allegedly on the run for the suspected murder of her husband David Riess in their Blooming Prairie home last March.

On Tuesday, station WINK in Ft. Myers reported Riess waived her appearance, but submitted a written "not guilty" plea. Her next court appearance will be on July 11.