Grand jury indicts fugitive grandma in Florid slaying

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – A Minnesota woman accused of killing her husband and a Florida woman before leading authorities on a cross-country manhunt was indicted by a grand jury in Florida.

Officials in Lee County, Florida, announced Wednesday that the grand jury indicted 56-year-old Lois Riess on first-degree murder. If convicted, she could face the death penalty, but a spokeswoman for the state attorney’s office said prosecutors won’t discuss whether they’ll seek death at this stage of the case.

Court documents say David Riess was found dead at the couple’s Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, home in March. Authorities say Riess went to Fort Myers and met 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson. Investigators believe Riess killed Hutchinson to assume her identity. Riess was captured in Texas, and returned to Florida to face charges.

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