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FARGO — An intriguing aspect of the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind is the fact Fargo police made three consensual searches of the apartment where she was murdered and her baby was cut from her womb, but nothing suspicious was found during any of them.
FARGO — Day eight of William Hoehn's murder conspiracy trial in Cass County District Court saw fireworks early on in the form of Jennifer Robinson, an inmate at the Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England, N.D.
FARGO — Judge Thomas Olson said Wednesday, Sept. 26, that a jury — not he — will decide the fate of William Hoehn, who's accused of conspiring to kill Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind in August 2017. Olson said after prosecutors rested their case Wednesday afternoon in Cass County District Court that a jury will be the finder of facts in the case, and he said jurors could reasonably conclude that Hoehn conspired to kill LaFontaine-Greywind based on testimony from his ex-girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator, Brooke Crews.
FARGO — The trial of William Hoehn on conspiracy to commit murder was hit with two bombshells Tuesday, Sept. 25. The first landed Tuesday morning, when his alleged co-conspirator and ex-girlfriend, Brooke Crews, testified that Hoehn strangled Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, as she lay bleeding on the floor of the couple’s bathroom.
FARGO — A man who did time in the Cass County Jail with William Hoehn testified Monday, Sept. 24, that Hoehn told him he was guilty of some things but not of conspiring to murder a pregnant Fargo woman. Bryan Grob told the jury in Hoehn's trial that he encountered Hoehn in jail after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind disappeared Aug. 19, 2017, but before her body was found in the Red River on Aug. 27, 2017. "You get to know people pretty quickly," Grob said, adding that he and Hoehn would sometimes talk about what they would read in the newspaper.
FARGO — The attorney for a man accused of conspiring to kill a pregnant Fargo woman said his client is not guilty of that crime, but he is guilty of something else — loving his co-defendant too much. Defense attorney Daniel Borgen presented an opening argument Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the trial of William Hoehn during which he described a scene from Aug. 19, 2017, when Hoehn, according to Borgen, came home from work early and unexpected to find the woman he loved next to a dead body and in possession of a newborn baby.
FARGO — Opening statements and testimony are to start Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the trial of a man accused of conspiring to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, whose body was discovered in the Red River in August 2017 barren of the infant girl she was pregnant with when she disappeared about two weeks before her remains were found. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the trial for William Hoehn began in Cass County District Court with the selection of 12 jurors and two alternates, a group comprised of roughly an equal number of men and women.
FARGO — Expanded daytime passenger train service from Fargo to Chicago with stops in between could become a reality if Minnesota lawmakers can be sold on the idea. That's the goal of a nonprofit group called All Aboard Minnesota, which is hosting a public forum on the subject Wednesday, Sept. 26, in St. Cloud, Minn. Currently, Amtrak's Empire Builder route accommodates long-distance travel between cities like Fargo, St. Cloud, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago, with trains reaching Fargo at about 2 or 3 a.m.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — In April 2017, Moorhead police received a report of an elderly man who had sent more than $230,000 in response to calls saying he had won a lottery. A detective learned the victim actually sent about $825,000 to different addresses over the course of about six months, thinking he would get part of a $5 million lottery prize in return, according to documents filed in Clay County District Court.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has announced a 7th Congressional District vacancy on the Minnesota Court of Appeals with the forthcoming retirement of Judge Michael Kirk. The Commission on Judicial Selection is now searching for fair, experienced and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench. Only individuals who have resided in the 7th Congressional District, which includes nearly all of western Minnesota, for at least a year are eligible to apply.