Latest: Girlfriend says she was pressured to produce baby

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of William Hoehn, who is charged in the killing of a pregnant woman whose baby was cut from her womb (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

A North Dakota woman convicted of killing her pregnant neighbor by cutting the baby from her womb says her then-boyfriend told her that she “needed to produce a baby.”

Brooke Crews testified Tuesday that she lied to William Hoehn, telling him she was pregnant, in order to prolong the relationship.

Crews says Hoehn didn’t believe her and made comments about 22-year-old Savanna Greywind being pregnant that she understood to mean he wanted their neighbor’s baby. Crews says nevertheless that Hoehn’s appeared surprised when he came home to discover she had sliced the child from Greywind’s womb.

Hoehn is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of Greywind. He has admitted to covering up the crime and pleaded guilty to kidnapping, but says he didn’t know Crews’ planned to kill Greywind and take the baby.


9:05 a.m.

A woman convicted of killing a pregnant North Dakota woman by cutting her baby from her womb is testifying in the trial of her former boyfriend.

William Hoehn (hayn) is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the August 2017 death of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind. Brooke Crews, who pleaded guilty earlier and was sentenced to life in prison without parole, took the stand on Tuesday, the sixth day of the trial.

Hoehn has admitted that he helped Crews cover up the crime, but has said he didn’t know of her plan to kill Greywind. Hoehn has pleaded guilty to other charges in the case.

Greywind’s death prompted a North Dakota senator to introduce Savanna’s Act, which aims to improve tribal access to federal crime databases, among other things.

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