By DAVE KOLPACK
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman convicted of killing her pregnant neighbor by cutting the fetus from her womb testified Tuesday that her boyfriend had pressured her to “produce a baby” after figuring out she had lied about being pregnant.
Brooke Crews told the court that she had concocted a phony pregnancy to keep from losing William Hoehn, who is on trial for conspiracy in the August 2017 death of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind. Hoehn has admitted helping to cover up the crime but says he didn’t know that Crews had planned to kill Greywind and take her baby. Crews testified that she never “explicitly” told Hoehn that was her plan.
Crews said Hoehn appeared surprised when he entered the bathroom in their apartment and discovered she had cut Greywind’s baby from her body.
Crews said Hoehn then retrieved a rope and tightened it around Greywind’s neck, saying: “If she wasn’t dead before, she is now.”
Greywind’s daughter survived and is being raised by family.
Hoehn spoke regularly with his attorney, Daniel Borgen, during Crews’ testimony but showed little emotion. Crews was crying and sniffling throughout.
“You never told Will that you had planned to do this, is that right?” Borgen asked.
“Not kill Savanna for her baby, no,” Crews replied.
“In fact, there was never a conversation at all about killing Savanna and taking her baby,” Borgen said.
“Not explicitly,” she said.
It wasn’t clear what Crews meant by “explicitly.”
Crews later disputed Borgen’s assertion that she had told a fellow inmate at her New England prison that she had strangled Greywind. She also disputed that she told the same inmate that Hoehn and Greywind were having an affair and the baby might be Hoehn’s.
Crews described her relationship with Hoehn as rocky and violent, saying it was fueled by drugs and alcohol. She said they broke up …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World