Lois Riess to be held in Lee County Jail without bail

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A pretrial hearing on Thursday determined accused killer Lois Riess will be held at the Lee County Jail without bail.

Riess is accused of fatally shooting her husband in Minnesota then stealing his money to gamble. The 56-year-old woman was later wanted in connection with the death of Pamela Hutchinson on Fort Myers Beach — launching a nation-wide search.

A public defender was formally appointed to Riess on Wednesday. The public defender gave an affidavit for the judge to review on behalf of Riess at Thursday’s hearing.

Riess is scheduled to face a judge for an arraignment hearing on May 29.

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