RECAP: Greywind's parents testify in William Hoehn's trial

Published: Sep. 19, 2018 at 12:47 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Five witnesses took to the stand today in the trial of William Hoehn, who's charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Savanna Greywind.

After opening statements, William Hoehn's former employer and a co-worker took to the witness stand. They say Hoehn had regularly talked about expecting a baby last summer with his girlfriend, Brooke Crews.

They said Hoehn named the baby Phoenix but acted 'distracted and nervous' in the days after her birth.

We then heard emotional testimonies from Savanna's parents, Norberta and Joe Greywind. Norberta said she knew something was wrong from the very beginning.

And Joe reflected on eerie times when he talked with Crews and Hoehn in the days after Savanna went missing.

"(Hoehn) came up to me and shook my hand, and said, "I'm sorry for what happened to your daughter." I said, "What happened to my daughter?" He said he didn't know," Joe Greywind said.

"I asked (Crews) if I could go in and look, and see if my daughter was in there. And I said, 'I know you're a parent, I seen your kids here.' I said, 'I'm a parent. I want to know if my daughter is in there.' I said, 'From parent to parent, can I look in your house?' And she said, 'I don't feel comfortable with you being in my house,'" Joe added.

Norberta Greywind testified that when her granddaughter, Haisley Jo, was found in Crews and Hoehn's apartment, she didn't think Savanna would be found alive, but she 'had hope.'

Norberta also reflected on a night, when Savanna was still missing, when Crews ran into the apartment building from a vehicle with a bag. Both Norberta and Joe said that Crews seemed very protective over the bag.

The Greywind's told police to question Crews about the bag, adding that they knew 'she was carrying something in that bag."

The afternoon ended with testimony from Samuel Bollman, who was the officer who first responded to Savanna Greywind's disappearance, as well as the first person to search Crews and Hoehn's apartment.

Bollman searched the apartment twice on the night of Aug. 19, but says that 'it was almost like the person inside was waiting for me to knock,' the first time he went up to Crews and Hoehn's apartment.

Bollman added that the second time he went up to the apartment, Crews didn't want to let him in to search. Bollman says Crews asked, "What do I have to do to show you I don't know where the girl is?"

Bollman said Crews eventually let him search the apartment a second time, but came up empty handed once again.

The defense did not cross-examine Norberta, Joe or Officer Bowman.

Brooke Crews and Savanna's boyfriend, Ashton Matheny are both expected to take the stand this week as well.


Day two of William Hoehn's trial for conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Savanna Greywind began this morning with opening statements from the prosecution saying 'the timeline of events is important.'

Prosecutor Ryan Younggren says Greywind was murdered between 1:30 and 2:30 on the afternoon of Aug. 19, 2017, stating that she was last heard from by family members at 1:24 p.m.

Prosecutors say Greywind went upstairs to the apartment of Brooke Crews and William Hoehn to help Crews with a sewing project. Greywind's family went up to Crews' apartment around 3 that afternoon, but Crews told them that Savanna had already left.

Younggren says Brooke Crews told police that Hoehn came home from work that afternoon and asked “is she dead?”

Younggren said Crews responded by saying, “I don’t know. Help me.” The prosecutor went on to say, "Hoehn rolled up his sleeves and put a rope around (Savanna's) neck."

Younggren says that there was a rope around Savanna's neck when she was found in the Red River, however that she did not have a broken neck. "But you don't need to break bones to make someone pass out," Younggren went on to say.

Police searched the apartment three separate times within the first 36 hours of Greywind going missing, however each time they found 'no body, no baby and no bloody mess," Younggren said.

Younggren went on to say that at 12:58 p.m. on Aug. 20, Hoehn went to Ace Hardware and bought duct tape.

"To fast forward to the end of my timeline, we know that Savanna was found wrapped in sheet, towels, black garbage bags and duct tape," Younggren said.

Police interviewed Hoehn two times, where he told different stories about the afternoon of Aug. 19. Hoehn was arrested on Aug. 24 after his coworkers told police he had been talking about having a new baby at home, named Phoenix.

Defense attorney, Dan Borgen kept his opening statement short, saying Hoehn "did lie to police and hid evidence" of the murder of Savanna Greywind & her baby being in his home. However, 'he did not plan with Crews to kill (Greywind)' Borgen said.

Borgen says when Hoehn got home from work "and saw the woman he loved next to a dead body, he wanted to cover for her. He should have called the cops but he didn’t."

Hoehn's former employer and a former co-worker were the first to take to the witness stand this morning.