Influx of new evidence may push back murder trial
FARGO—New evidence may push back the the trial for one of the suspects in the murder case that has rocked our community.
The prosecution came forward on Tuesday, saying the FBI will soon release "a large majority of the evidence" that's coming forward from lab results.
Both the State of North Dakota and William Hoehn's attorney now believe the date of March 20th may be "too aggressive" to get everything done.
They agreed the issue of evidence coming in, along with Hoehn's co-defendant, Brooke Crews' February sentencing, could push back that March 20th trial date.
Both sides are also coming together to schedule a pre-trial date in February.
On that date they will submit questionnaires to help the jury selection process.
The possibility of a change in venue was also discussed.
That's left up to the judge, if he finds that it's impossible to find a fair and impartial jury.
Altogether, the State prosecutor says this extra time is needed for a fair trial.
"I think that part of being a representative of the state is that we're ensuring there's justice in the case, and part of that is ensuring the defense has a fair opportunity to look at those things," said Leah Viste, Prosecutor.
A date has not been set for Hoehn's later trial, or the pre-trial.
When asked, they told us, it could be a matter of months depending on those variables.
Brooke Crews, who's pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and for giving false information to police, will be sentenced February 2nd.