Lois Ann Riess has pleaded not guilty to killing a Florida look-alike, according to court documents filed in the Lee County Clerk of Courts office.
Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., submitted the plea in writing and waived arraignment on Thursday. She faces second-degree murder charges in the death of Pamela Hutchinson, who was found shot to death April 9 in a Fort Myers Beach condo.
Authorities believe that Riess targeted Hutchinson because of her similar appearance, then shot her before making off with her car, cash and identity. Riess remains in custody in the Lee County Jail.
Dubbed "Losing Streak Lois," Riess also faces the additional charges of grand theft, grand theft of a motor vehicle and criminal use of personal identification in Florida.
She is also suspected of killing her husband, David, on March 23 in the couple's Blooming Prairie home in March before fleeing and surfacing in Florida. Charges are pending.
She was the subject of a nationwide hunt that ended on April 19 when agents with the U.S. marshal's office arrested her at a restaurant on South Padre Island, Texas.
She allegedly first stopped at an Iowa casino, then showed up in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Surveillance video on April 5 captured Riess chatting up Hutchinson at the Smokin' Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers Beach, then at the Marina Village at Snug Harbor condos where Hutchinson was staying. Hutchinson was found shot to death four days later with a towel over her body and another towel stuffed under the bathroom door to block the odor of decomposition, according to the charges.
Riess is accused of withdrawing $5,000 from Hutchinson's bank account, using her credit card to pay for a hotel room and room service and driving her car to Texas. She also stopped at casinos in Louisiana, even winning $1,500 at one of them.
A tip from an alert restaurant worker led authorities to Riess.
In Minnesota, Riess has been charged in Dodge County for allegedly forging $11,000 in checks from her husband's business account. She will be returned to Minnesota to face the charges after proceedings in Florida are complete.
No date was listed for Riess' next court appearance in Florida.