FARGO-A Fort Totten, N.D., man faces a federal murder charge related to the death of his girlfriend.
John Willard Greywind, 42, was arraigned Tuesday, April 10, in U.S. District Court in Fargo on a federal charge of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. The charges come after the November death of 50-year-old JoGenia Lopez Austin of Moorhead.
Prosecutors unsealed the case Tuesday, though the indictment was filed March 22 and remained sealed until Monday.
The indictment gives few details on what led to Austin's death or the specifics of Greywind's actions. The murder charge stemming from a Nov. 13 incident alleges Austin was killed "with malice" on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, while the manslaughter charge says Greywind killed his girlfriend "without malice, upon a sudden quarrel and heat of passion," according to charging documents.
The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Devils Lake Police Department all assisted with the investigation, according to a news release.
No further details were released. The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment on how Austin died or what weapon, if any, was used.
Greywind was arrested Nov. 14 after a high-speed chase that began in Devils Lake, police said. He was apprehended south of the city when the North Dakota Highway Patrol deployed spike strips.
Police said a woman was brought that morning to a Devils Lake hospital with stab wounds and eventually died, but officers declined to identify the woman or give further comment, saying the case was being investigated by federal authorities.
An obituary published by Wright Funeral Home of Moorhead said Austin died near Devils Lake. Born in Seattle, she and her family moved to Las Vegas when she was 12, according to the obituary. She lived and raised her two children there with her husband, Kerry Franklin, until she moved to the Fargo area in 2003, the obituary said.
Austin and Franklin separated in 2009 before she married her second husband, Alberto St. Martin Lopez Jr., according to the obituary.
The obituary described JoGenia as a family-oriented woman who cared deeply for her friends, adding "everyone was family to her."
An October Facebook post by Austin described a romantic relationship with Greywind.
This isn't Greywind's first murder-related charge. He was sentenced in February 2000 in Cass County District Court to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, a Class A felony, and to being an accomplice to tampering with informants, a Class C felony. In that case he accosted and threatened a Fargo woman, stole her cash, demanded her personal identification and later plotted to kill her, according to Forum News Service archives.
Greywind was released Jan. 7, 2015, from state prison but was sent back on Aug. 13, 2015, for violating the terms of his parole, prison staff said. He was released again on April 22, 2016, due to "expiration of sentence," according to the prison.