FARGO — William Hoehn's request to have his murder conspiracy trial moved out of Fargo has been denied.
Hoehn, 33, had asked that his trial on conspiracy to commit murder be relocated to Burleigh County because of media coverage of the case. Cass County District Judge Thomas Olson rejected the request in an order filed Monday, Sept. 10.
Hoehn's trial is set to start Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was 22 and eight months pregnant when Brooke Crews, a neighbor in the Fargo apartment building where she lived, cut open her womb and took her baby.
Crews, Hoehn's former girlfriend, has pleaded guilty in the case and is serving a life sentence.
Hoehn has pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping and providing false information to authorities. He's being held without bail pending sentencing on those charges.
Hoehn has told police he came home from work Aug. 19, 2017, to find Crews cleaning blood from their bathroom, according to court records.
Crews presented him with a baby and said, "This is our baby; this is our family," Hoehn told police. He took bloody shoes and bloody towels from the apartment and disposed of them in a West Fargo dumpster, court records stated.
LaFontaine-Greywind's body was found eight days later in the Red River. The baby was found healthy in Crews' possession.