FARGO — A man who was in the Cass County Jail at the same time as William Hoehn testified Monday, Sept. 24, during Hoehn’s trial for conspiracy to commit murder in the death of a pregnant Fargo woman that Hoehn told him he was guilty of some things but not conspiracy to commit murder.
Bryan Grob said 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.
Grob said Hoehn never talked at length about the charges he was facing, but at one point he shared what he saw when he came home from work Aug. 19, 2017, stating Hoehn told him: “I walked in on the most F----- up thing you can imagine.”
Grob said another time they were talking about difficulties they had had with ex-girlfriends and Grob shared something about a former girlfriend and an abortion.
He said Hoehn replied he would have “just cut the baby out of the b----.”
Monday was the fifth day of Hohen’s trial on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
He is accused of conspiring with his former girlfriend, Brooke Crews, to kill LaFontaine-Greywind and remove her unborn child in order to raise the child as their own.
Crews, who could testify in the case Tuesday, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and lying to police and is serving a life sentence.
Hoehn has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and lying to police and is awaiting sentencing on those charges.
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Grob testified Monday that Hoehn told him after he walked in on a strange scene at the apartment he shared with Crews that he proceeded to help clean up what blood was there and wrap up a body.
Grob said Hoehn broke down and cried as he related certain information.
He said Hoehn told him he put the body in a hollowed out dresser and carried the dresser out of the building the next night, which would have been late Aug. 20 or early Aug. 21, 2017.
Grob said Hoehn was interested in finding someone who would “write the real story” of what happened, stating that the real story “was a love story.”
Also Monday, jurors heard from Tanith McCloud, a former girlfriend of Hoehn’s who testified that in early 2017 Hoehn told her Crews had told him she was pregnant.
After Hoehn’s and Crews’ arrest for LaFontaine-Greywind’s murder in August 2017, McCloud said she had a number of conversations with Hoehn via phone calls and visits to the Cass County Jail.
In one of those conversations, which was recorded and played at trial Monday, Hoehn told McCloud, “I didn’t know this was going to happen.”
He said what he did do he did out of “fear, emotion, or caring.”
Asked about Crews, Hoehn replied, “I couldn’t bring myself to just turn her in. I made some poor decisions.”