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Work underway to extradite rural Blooming Prairie woman back to Minnesota to face murder charge in Dodge County District Court

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office reported that work is underway to bring a rural Blooming Prairie woman back from Florida to Minnesota to face a murder charge in the death of her husband in March of 2018.  

Lois Riess pleaded Tuesday to a 1st degree murder charge for killing a woman in Florida. A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled, but Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose stated that the process to extradite Riess back to Minnesota to face trial for the murder of her husband is underway.  54-year old David Riess was found shot to death in the couple’s rural Blooming Prairie home in March 2018.

Sheriff Rose reported that the extradition process could take up to two months.

Riess is facing a life sentence in Florida for killing 59-year old Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Florida, who authorities say was targeted because she resembled Riess and Riess was looking to assume Hutchinson’s identity.

Riess was captured in April of 2018 on South Padre Island, Texas, and was taken back to Florida to face charges there for the murder Hutchinson.  

Authorities were called to Fort Myers Beach on April 9, 2018, and found Hutchinson dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators believe Riess used the same gun to kill both her husband and Hutchinson.  Authorities added that Riess would stand trial in the Minnesota killing after court proceedings conclude in Florida.


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