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The Latest: Prosecutor: Man helped kill pregnant Fargo woman

September 19, 2018

William Hoehn, right, participates in jury selection for his trial with defense attorney Daniel Borgen, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in district court, in Fargo, N.D., for the murder of Savanna Greywind, a 22-year-old whose baby was cut from her womb. (Michael Vosburg/The Forum via AP, Pool)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man charged in the killing of a pregnant North Dakota woman (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A prosecutor says a man accused in the death of a North Dakota woman who bled to death when her baby was cut from her womb helped finish the crime.

William Hoehn charged with helping to kill Savanna Greywind, who was eight months pregnant when she was killed in August 2017.

Hoehn’s girlfriend, Brooke Crews, pleaded guilty in the case and is serving life in prison without parole. Hoehn says he knew nothing of Crews’ plan to kill Greywind.

Prosecutor Ryan Younggren said in his opening statement Wednesday that Crews couldn’t have subdued Greywind without help.

Younggren says Hoehn burst into his apartment bathroom to discover Crews with Greywind. He says Crews told Hoehn she didn’t know if Greywind was dead, so Hoehn put a rope around Greywind’s neck and finished her off.

Defense attorney Daniel Borgen says Greywind was already dead when Hoehn entered the bathroom.

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6:45 a.m.

Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday for a North Dakota man charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of a 22-year-old woman who bled to death when her baby was cut from her womb.

William Hoehn (hayn) has admitted to covering up the death of Savanna Greywind, who was eight months pregnant when she was killed in August 2017.

Hoehn’s girlfriend, Brooke Crews, pleaded guilty to killing Greywind and is serving life in prison without parole .

Hoehn says he knew nothing of Crews’ murderous plan. Crews hasn’t spoken publicly of Hoehn’s role, but she is on the government’s list of potential witnesses for Hoehn’s trial in Fargo.

Greywind’s death led to the creation of Savanna’s Act, which aims to standardize protocols for responding to cases of missing and murdered Native American women .

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