The Latest: Judge: Testimony could show agreement to murder
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of William Hoehn, accused in the death of a pregnant North Dakota woman (all times local):
The judge presiding over the trial of a man accused in the killing of a pregnant North Dakota woman says testimony from his former girlfriend could be taken as evidence that he had agreed to participate in the crime.
William Hoehn (hayn) is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the August 2017 death of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind, whose baby was cut from her womb.
Hoehn’s ex-girlfriend, Brooke Crews, testified this week that she hadn’t told Hoehn of her plans to kill Greywind and take her baby. But Crews also said that when Hoehn came up on a bloody scene in their apartment, he got a rope and wrapped it around Greywind’s neck.
After the prosecution rested Wednesday, defense attorney Daniel Borgen asked Cass County Judge Tom Olson to rule that prosecutors hadn’t proven an agreement between Crews and Hoehn to commit murder.
In rejecting the motion, Olson cited Crews’ testimony about the rope. He said: “To me, that’s agreement.”
The jury had been dismissed before Olson made his remark.
Prosecutors have rested their case in the trial of a man accused in the killing of a pregnant North Dakota woman whose baby was cut from her womb.
Thirty-three-year-old William Hoehn is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the August 2017 death of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind, of Fargo. Hoehn’s girlfriend, Brooke Crews, pleaded guilty in the case and is serving a life sentence. The baby survived.
Prosecutors on Wednesday questioned the lead detective who summarized a timeline and evidence. That included a jailhouse call when Hoehn told his mother he was worried about the death penalty.
After jurors were dismissed, Judge Tom Olson denied a request by defense attorney Daniel Borgen to issue a verdict after Borgen argued that prosecutors did not prove their case.