The woman charged in connection with the abduction and murder of pregnant North Dakota woman Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind is reportedly set to change her not guilty plea.
According to The Bismark Tribune, Brooke Crews will update her plea at a December 11 hearing. Crews and live-in boyfriend William Hoehn have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to murder charges and are being held at the Cass County Jail on $2 million bail each.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her Fargo apartment on August 19. Kayakers found the woman’s remains wrapped in plastic near the Red River on August 27.
Hoehn and Crews, her upstairs neighbors, were arrested on August 24 after authorities allegedly found the victim’s 2-day-old baby girl alive in their apartment.
Authorities accused Crews of luring LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, to her upstairs apartment the guise of helping her with a sewing project. However, she reportedly claimed that she helped LaFontaine-Greywind self-induce her birth at Crews’ apartment on August 19. She allegedly said that the victim returned two days later to give her the newborn.
Meanwhile, Hoehn reportedly told officers that he came home at 2:30 p.m. August 19 and found Crews cleaning up blood in the bathroom.
It was then that Crews allegedly presented the newborn to him and said, “This is our baby now,” according to court documents.
According to WDAY, Hoehn also admitted to removing garbage bags containing bloody towels and Crews’ bloody shoes from the residence and discarding them in a dumpster,
Fargo police later revealed that the victim died as a result of homicidal violence. However, they have yet to disclose a manner of death.
The latest news comes weeks after the Cass County court obtained a “significant document” pertaining to Crews’ mental health evaluation. WDAY reported on November 14 that Crews’ attorney requested the evaluation and that the results will remain sealed.
The documents may come to play when determining whether Crews is competent to stand trial. The local station noted that it’s also possible the public will become privy to the results during a January 3 court date.
Hoehn’s attorney has not sought a mental health evaluation for his client, according to The Tribune.
[Featured Image: Brooke Crews/Fargo Police Department; Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind/KVLY]