Fort Myers Beach murder suspect Lois Reiss appears in court Wednesday

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Mugshot of Lois Reiss. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
Mugshot of Lois Reiss. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

A woman who triggered a nationwide manhunt a year ago was in court this morning for a case management hearing where prosecutors and the defense laid out their next step in the case against the woman.

Prosecutors say Lois Reiss, 56, murdered a woman in Fort Myers Beach and stole her identity back in 2018.

Reiss, who in the past did not appear in court herself, was required to appear today after the judge specifically requested that she be there in person.

Wednesday morning, the judge determined that Reiss will come back in June for depositions in Florida, and then to Texas in July for other charges she faces there.

Reiss’ next court date is September 5, at 9 am.

Riess, is accused of killing her husband in Minnesota, and a woman on Fort Myers Beach, according to investigators.

Riess was indicted on June 6 by a grand jury for charges of first-degree murder with a firearm, grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft and criminal use of personal identification information of a deceased individual of $5,000 or more, according to the state attorney’s office.

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