FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) The two suspects in Savanna Greywind’s disappearance and murder appeared by video in court to hear the new charges against them.
Brooke Crews and William Hoehn are both charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and providing false information to law enforcement.
The documents released from today’s court hearing described the disturbing details Crews and Hoehn gave police about Savanna’s death.
Officers took Crews and Hoehn in for questioning on Thursday after discovering a baby girl in the apartment they shared. Police have since said they believe the child is Savanna’s.
Hoehn told investigators that when he arrived home from work on Saturday afternoon, he found Crews cleaning up blood in their bathroom. She then showed Hoehn the baby girl saying, “This is our baby, this is our family.”
Hoehn admitted to removing garbage bags containing bloody towels and his bloody shoes from the apartment, and throwing them into a dumpster in an unknown location in West Fargo.
Crews’ version of events is just as disturbing. Crews told investigators that she arranged to have Savanna visit her apartment Saturday afternoon. She said when Savanna arrived, Crews instructed her on how to self-induce child birth by breaking her own water.
According to Crews, Savanna left the apartment that afternoon, but returned at 3:30AM Monday with the baby girl. Crews admitted to taking advantage of Savanna in attempt to obtain her child and possibly keep the baby as her own.
Today in court, Hoehn and Crews both had bail set at 2 million dollars. Judge Thomas Olson gave both the change to comment, and while Crews chose not to, Hoehn took the chance to question the bail amount saying, “I know that two million is unattainable for any regular person. That’s not a reasonable bail.”
The charges against Crews and Hoehn are currently only state charges, but could be elevated to the federal level. North Dakota and Minnesota do not carry the death penalty, the maximum penalty in both states is life in prison.
If the charges against Crews and Hoehn are brought to the federal level, prosecutors could request the death penalty.
The next court date for Crews is September 28, 2017 and Hoehn will be in court on October 4, 2017.