FARGO, N.D. — “What did you see, Will?”
The question was asked many times during interviews Fargo police conducted with William Hoehn in August of 2017, just days after a pregnant Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind disappeared from a north Fargo apartment building.
Cass County District Court jurors watched videos of those interviews during the third day of Hoehn’s trial on a charge of conspiring to murder LaFontaine-Greywind, who disappeared from her north Fargo apartment building the afternoon of Aug. 19, 2017.
Her body was found in the Red River eight days later without the baby she had been pregnant with.
In videos jurors watched Thursday, Sept. 20, Hoehn, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, is seen in a police interview room answering questions.
The answers are sometimes punctuated with F-bombs and sometimes Hoehn’s voice drops to a hush that is difficult to hear.
In an interview Hoehn gave police the night of Aug. 22, he tells investigators that when he returned home from work about 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2017, LaFontaine-Greywind was in the apartment that he shared with Brooke Crews, his girlfriend at the time.
He said Crews briefly introduced him to LaFontaine-Greywind and he went to “fire up” his computer so he could play video games later and then he proceeded to the bathroom, where he prepared to take a shower.
Hoehn said at one point he heard a knock at the apartment door, so he cracked open the bathroom door to hear who it was.
He said he could hear LaFontaine-Greywind’s father, Joe Greywind, chatting with Crews but he couldn’t hear what they said.
He said LaFontaine-Greywind had left the apartment by the time he finished his shower.
The story changed when Hoehn was interviewed on Aug. 24, 2017, after police executed a search warrant at his apartment and found Crews in possession of a newborn child later determined to be LaFontaine-Greywind’s daughter.
Hoehn said in that interview that as he entered his apartment after work on Aug. 19, 2017, he found the bathroom a bloody mess and Crews presented him with a newborn child, stating, “This is our baby, this is our family.”
Hoehn said he responded with “What the …?” but then went to work helping Crews clean the bathroom.
He said he put bloody rags in two bags and stored them in the apartment until he was able to take them to a dumpster somewhere in West Fargo.
His answers turned quiet and vague when he was asked about LaFontaine-Greywind, telling investigators at the outset: “I’m not going home tonight; nothing is going to get any better for me at this point.”
Hoehn told investigators that for months he had been under the impression Crews was pregnant, but he still wasn’t sure what to make of things when he came home from work that fateful Saturday and “found a baby in my house.”
Investigators repeatedly asked Hoehn about LaFontaine-Greywind and everything that he saw when he arrived home from work.
“What did you see?” they asked again and again.
Sometimes the question was met with long silences.
Sometimes Hoehn offered a short answer: “I saw a baby.”
“I believe you walked in on a lot more than that,” said one of the investigators, who pressed Hoehn on how it could be possible for a baby to have been born and for LaFontaine-Greywind to have disappeared in the approximately one hour that elapsed between the time it is believed LaFontaine-Greywind went to the apartment and the time he got home from work.
Crews has pleaded guilty in the case and is serving a life sentence.
It is possible that a video of an interview she gave to police will be shown during Hoehn’s trial.
Crews is ultimately expected to take the stand sometime during the trial, which resumes Friday morning, Sept. 21.