Voigtschild reviewed several photos of Hoehn and Brooke Crews’ apartment that were presented by the prosecution. The photos were taken during the police search of the apartment on Aug. 24, 2017.
That day, police executed a search warrant after learning that Hoehn had bought diapers at a Walmart, and they found Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby, alive and well, in Crews’ possession.
Jurors were shown photos of a sheet of paper that had pregnancy notes with an expected date of delivery on Aug. 6, 2017. The prosecution did not specify who the pregnancy notes belonged to, only that they were found in the apartment.
There was also a photo of a calendar shown, with dates crossed off until Aug. 19, 2017 — the day LaFontaine-Greywind disappeared. No dates after were marked.
The final two witnesses of the day were Sandra Salisbury and Kelsey Helgeson.
Salisbury was one of three kayakers who found LaFontaine-Greywind’s body in the Red River on Aug. 27, 2017.
Helgeson worked with LaFontaine-Greywind’s mother, Norberta Greywind, at a dollar store in Fargo that Hoehn and Crews frequented.
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FARGO — Following the lunch break, jurors in the trial of William Hoehn, in which he’s accused of conspiring with his former girlfriend Brooke Crews to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, heard testimony from two witnesses called by prosecutors.
The first was Brandon McCollum, a forensic examiner with the FBI’s DNA Casework Unit in Quantico, Va.
McCollum explained to the jury the process of DNA testing, before giving testimony on several items from the case that the FBI tested.
McCollum said two separate ropes found in Hoehn and Crews’ apartment were tested for DNA. DNA found on the ropes was consistent with Hoehn’s DNA and Crews’ DNA, and excluded DNA from LaFontaine-Greywind.
DNA on the rope found around LaFontaine-Greywind’s neck matched only with her DNA, McCollum said. But he added that DNA is readily broken down by water.
The prosecution is asserting that Hoehn helped kill LaFontaine-Greywind and used rope to do so.
The second witness was Dr. Frederick Kieley, a pediatrician with Sanford Health. Kieley examined Haisley Jo, LaFontaine-Greywind’s daughter, on Aug. 24, 2017, the day police found the baby girl in Hoehn and Crews’ apartment.
The doctor testified that the baby appeared healthy and said he thought the baby’s condition was “remarkable,” given the circumstances of her birth. Crews has admitted to cutting open Savanna’s womb and taking her baby.
Kieley testified to how it takes an operating room and about a dozen medical professionals to perform a successful cesarean section operation.
He said it would “be impossible” to perform a C-section individually without greatly increasing the risk to the baby.
When the prosecution asked if it was possible to do a C-section without using anesthesia on the mother, Kieley replied, “it would be horrifying.”
The witness next on the stand is Mark Voigtschild, a Fargo police detective.
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FARGO — After a short break, the jury continued to watch Brooke Crews’ interview with Fargo police.
The video was presented during the trial of William Hoehn, who’s accused of being a co-conspirator with Crews in the murder of 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind in August 2017.
On Aug. 19, 2017, Crews called LaFontaine-Greywind, who was eight months pregnant, up to the apartment she shared with Hoehn and asked her to help with a sewing project. LaFontaine-Greywind disappeared later that day.
Police found LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby in Crews’ possession on Aug. 24, 2017, resulting in the arrests of Crews and Hoehn. The police interview the jury watched is from that day.
When police questioned Crews about biological evidence that could be found at her apartment, she told them they wouldn’t find any.
When police pressed her about blood that could be found, Crews said that any blood would be from her, Will or her cat.
Police finally brought up LaFontaine-Greywind and asked Crews about the possibility of her blood being found. Crews told police the blood wouldn’t be from Aug. 19, 2017, and that LaFontaine-Greywind’s family lived in her apartment before her.
LaFontaine-Greywind’s parents testified on Wednesday, Sept. 19, that relatives of theirs had lived in Crews’ apartment before her.
During the interview, police brought up internet searches on Crews’ computer, specifically searches regarding home births. Crews told police those were done months before LaFontaine-Greywind even moved into the apartment building.
When police pointed out a search on Aug. 9, 2017, that read “if a pregnant woman holds her breath does the baby keep breathing,” Crews said that search wasn’t done by her and that others had access to her phone — though she didn’t say who.
At one point, detectives got frustrated and pointed out that Hoehn told them about using towels to clean up blood.
Crews said she needed a lawyer because she didn’t “know what the hell is going on.”
The video ended there.
When the prosecution asked Loos if he saw enough similarities between Hoehn and Crews’ stories to say they discussed their crime beforehand, Loos said “yes.”
The defense pointed out that Hoehn asked about Crews frequently during his interview, saying things like “I need to be loyal to her” and “I have her back,” but Crews only asked about what charges she would be facing and never asked about Will.
The next witness the state called is Brandon McCollum, a forensic examiner with the FBI’s DNA Casework Unit.
The trial is currently on a lunch break and will resume at 1:30 p.m.
FARGO — Day four of William Hoehn’s trial continued Friday, Sept. 21, with the jury wrapping up viewing a video of Hoehn’s interview with police and proceeding to watch a police interview with his co-defendant Brooke Crews.
Hoehn is accused of being a co-conspirator in the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind in August 2017. Crews, Hoehn’s former girlfriend, has pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence without the chance of parole.
Hoehn’s interview consisted mainly of police attempting to get him to disclose any information regarding LaFontaine-Greywind’s whereabouts.
“I really don’t want this to be, like you said, another Wetterling 20-year wait,” Fargo police Detective Joshua Loos told Hoehn in the interview, referring to the 1989 killing of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in Minnesota. “We don’t want that, and neither do you.”
LaFontaine-Greywind, who was 22 years old and eight months pregnant, went missing from the north Fargo apartment building where she lived with her family. She vanished Aug. 19, 2017, after going upstairs to Hoehn and Crews’ apartment. Crews had reportedly asked her to help model a dress she was sewing.
The police interviews with Hoehn and Crews both took place on Aug. 24, 2017 — the day police exectued a search warrrant at Hoehn and Crews’ apartment and found Crews in possession of LaFontaine-Greywind’s healthy baby girl.
In Crews’ interview with police, she detailed her relationship with LaFontaine-Greywind, saying that she met her “many weeks” prior to the events of August 2017.
“She was not happy with her parents. She was not happy with her life,” Crews told police, referring to LaFontaine-Greywind.
Crews told police she spoke with her again sometime before Aug. 19, 2017. Crews said LaFontaine-Greywind was “just sick of it and wanted to get away.”
Crews told police when LaFontaine-Greywind left Crews’ apartment on Aug. 19, 2017, she was “well and healthy and walking on her own two feet.”
Crews told police LaFontaine-Greywind gave her the baby on Aug. 21, 2017, and that she “was supposed to come back for the baby” on Aug. 23, 2017.
Crews asked police what she was going to be charged with for having the baby in her possession. Police told her it depended on what Hoehn tells them and what they find at her apartment.
Crews told police there was nothing to find at her apartment.
“What you just told me makes no sense,” Detective Loos said to Crews about her account.
Crews’ claims that LaFontaine-Greywind gave her the baby were later shown to be false. In pleading guilty late last year, Crews admitted to cutting LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby from her womb.
LaFontaine-Greywind died from blood loss, and kayakers came across her body in the Red River three days after her baby was found.