Lois Riess appears in first court hearing following arrest on South Padre Island
Lois Riess, the Minnesota fugitive who was arrested on South Padre Island Thursday night by U.S. Marshals, appeared before a magistrate judge at the city's municipal court on Saturday.
The 56-year-old is accused of shooting and killing her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, who was found dead at their home in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. Investigators believe Riess also killed 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Florida, and assumed her identity.
During the brief hearing that lasted less than five minutes, Riess was advised of her rights and the two warrants for her arrest out of Dodge County, Minnesota and Lee County, Florida.
South Padre Island Police Chief Randy Smith says Riess will be be taken to the Cameron County jail for a short period of time, possibly two days, before extradition to Florida, where court proceedings will continue.
Detectives seized two pistols, a .22 caliber and a 9-mm, during a search warrant of Riess’ motel room Friday night, according to Smith and a news release from the city. Riess' car will also be transported to Florida and submitted as evidence.
Riess waived her right to a court-appointed attorney.
“Yes, I thought they said I could call…I wanted to call because I do have lawyers in Minnesota,” Riess during her court hearing.
Riess is being held on no bond.