Jury Selected in Case of Conspiracy to Commit Murder of a Pregnant Fargo Woman

September 18, 2018 07:08 PM

The jury that will deliberate on William Hoehn’s conspiracy to commit murder case has been selected.


Eight women and six men make up the 12 jurors and two alternates who will try to make a decision on whether Hoehn played any role in the death of Savanna Greywind in August 2017.

In Cass County, North Dakota, it’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t know about the pregnant woman’s murder and the kidnapping of her baby from her womb.

Attorneys spent nearly eight hours on Tuesday questioning a pool of about 50 potential jurors to weed out anyone who might have already formed an opinion on what happened the night Greywind died.

Among the original pool of options was a nurse, a librarian and addiction specialist.

Attorneys worked to learn as much as they could about each juror’s personal life and preconceived notions before picking the final few to serve.

At one point, Hoehn’s defense attorney Daniel Borgen asked, “How many of you have been lied to by a person you’ve loved?”

Hoehn’s live-in girlfriend Brooke Crews pleaded guilty in February to murdering Greywind and taking her unborn baby from her womb. She’s listed to testify in Hoehn’s trial.

The prosecution focused more on forensics, asking, “Would you be surprised to hear cops can’t find blood at a crime scene after a murder?” in addition to questions about whether any possible jurors had experienced an irregular birth or C-section in the past.  A midwife is also on the list of people who will be called to testify.

Each question was a possible hint at the topics could become part of a larger argument throughout the trial.

The jurors will return Wednesday morning to hear opening arguments.

The trial is scheduled to last a total of nine days.


Katherine Johnson

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