Suspects in Savanna Greywind Death Plead Not Guilty

September 28, 2017 04:06 PM

The two people charged in connection to the August death of Savanna Greywind have entered not guilty pleas according to ABC-affiliate WDAY via Forum News Service

An attorney for 38-year-old Brooke Lynn Crews entered the plea on his client's behalf during an arraignment Thursday. The other suspect and Crews' boyfriend, 32-year-old William Henry Hoehn, also entered a not guilty plea in lieu of an Oct. 5 court appearance, according to the report.


TIMELINE: Savanna Greywind's Disappearance

Both are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and providing false information to police in connection to the Aug. 19 disappearance of the 22-year-old Greywind, who was found dead in the Red River Aug. 27.

Cass County Attorney Birch Burdick said last month the conspiracy to commit murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. The conspiracy to commit kidnapping charge is punishable by up to 20 years in jail and a sizeable fine. The false information charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.

Five days after Greywind's disappearance, a healthy, days-old infant was found in the north Fargo apartment at which Greywind had last been seen. Police arrested Crews and Hoehn, the apartment's occupants, Aug. 24. The child was placed in protective custody, and has since been returned to the father.

Crews told authorities in August she "took advantage" of Greywind in an attempt to take her unborn child. But she reportedly claimed Greywind turned over her baby voluntarily, despite seemingly contrary claims from the other suspect.

Hoehn, meanwhile, told investigators he had arrived home Aug. 19 to find Crews cleaning up blood in the bathroom, according to the criminal complaint. He said Crews presented him with the infant and said, "This is our baby. This is our family." 

The complaint states Hoehn admitted removing garbage bags containing bloody towels and his own bloody shoes from the apartment and throwing them in an apartment dumpster in West Fargo.

According to the complaint, Crews said she arranged to have Greywind come to her apartment on Aug. 19 where she instructed her on "how to self-induce child birth by breaking her own water." But she said Greywind left her apartment before returning at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 to present Crews with the infant.

Crews and Hoehn are currently in Cass County Jail on $2 million bail. 


Michael Oakes

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