Texas Authorities Find 2 Pistols in Motel Room, Riess Held without Bond

April 21, 2018 05:55 PM

The Minnesota fugitive accused of killing two people was arraigned Saturday morning and is being held without bond before she is transferred to Florida.

Lois Riess, 56, will go to Florida where she charged with murder in the death of 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson. Authorities say Riess' motivation was to steal Hutchinson's identity. Riess will make the move after her extradition hearing in Texas.

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South Padre Island police executed a search warrant of Riess' hotel room late Friday night and recovered two pistols, one .22 caliber and one 9-mm.

Riess went missing in March after her husband was found dead. Authorities in Florida announced her role in the Hutchinson case, and a nationwide search for Riess began.

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She was caught Thursday evening in Florida. Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose told reporters Friday charges against Lois Riess for the death of David Riess are still coming.

"We are taking time to build the strongest possible case against Lois Riess for David Riess' murder," Rose said.

RELATED: Dodge County Woman Sought in Minnesota Murder Now Being Sought in Florida as Well

Investigators from the sheriff's office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension went to Texas early Friday morning to help execute search warrants and gather information in her husband's case.

"Each state can prosecute her and what will probably happen is the states will communicate and decide which one should go first," Colbert said.

Colbert said if Florida goes first, Minnesota will watch closely. Especially, he said, since Florida has the death penalty.

 

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