Homicide suspect Lois Riess was booked into Lee County Jail in Florida Saturday evening and had her first court appearance on Sunday, after being arrested in South Padre Island, Texas on April 19. Riess, of Blooming Prairie, is being charged in Florida with second degree murder, Identity theft and vehicle theft.
In a press release issued Saturday evening, Undersheriff Carmine Marceno confirmed Riess was back in Lee County and was in jail awaiting trial. "I know that I speak on behalf of Sheriff Scott when I say that we are relieved to have Lois Riess in our custody," he said. "Her arrest is the result of excellent teamwork between state and federal law enforcement agencies, our media partners and the entire community."
News sources in Florida report that during the court appearance on Sunday, the Florida States Attorney's Office told the Judge that Texas authorities claim Riess has a psychosis and has refused to take her medication. The attorney's office also pointed out that Riess has no ties to the community, no family or job in the area and asked that she be held without bail. The judge ordered her to be held without bail until another court hearing be held later this week.
Riess will return to Minnesota to face second degree murder charges in the death of her husband David Riess. She has already been charged with theft after taking more than $11,000 from his bank account. Murder charges have not been filed against her in Dodge County. Sheriff Scott Rose said charges would be filed once they get forensic results back from the BCA. She will be brought back to stand trial in Minnesota, no matter the outcome of the Florida trial.