Court seals search warrants in Greywind murder case closing off details to the public

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Published: Sep. 5, 2017 at 5:25 PM CDT
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Court documents sealed until a verdict is reached, a guilty plea is entered or the cases are dismissed. That’s the latest as we continue following the investigation into the disappearance and murder of Savanna Greywind. These documents are normally public information, but the court says they fear it could undermine the suspects’ rights to a fair trial.

We keep asking investigators what did they find, where did they find it and how was Savanna Greywind murdered? One way we often follow up on investigations for you is through the court, specifically search warrants. There are currently 10 warrants, again normally publicly available documents, which cannot be opened. Filed with those warrants, half a dozen court motions and orders to seal them up.

The court lists four reasons for keeping the details secret. Both suspects, Brooke Crews and William Hoehn, face Conspiracy to Commit Murder charges, among others. The court says if these warrants are made public, it risks undermining the suspects’ rights to a fair trial. The orders add there’s no remedy short of sealing the information to protect the details prior to any trial. And lastly, they say there’s no other alternative to closing the records.

Valley News Live left multiple messages for the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office, asking why they felt this was needed. We also asked, if they are so concerned about publicity leading to a potential jury bias, why couldn’t they simply move the case to some other county.

The State’s Attorney’s Office has yet to respond to our questions.

The funeral arrangements for Savanna Greywind are planned for Thursday morning at a church here in Fargo.

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