On Tuesday, November 1, Iowa prosecutors accused two teens of murdering 66-year-old Spanish teacher Nohema Graber over the fact that they received bad grades.
According to the New York Post, the murder of Nohema Graber took place in the town of Fairfield on November 2, 2021. The teenagers, then 16-year-olds Willard Miller and Jeremy Goodale, have been accused of beating Graber to death with a baseball bat before dumping her body in a park.
NBC reported that Willard Miller is scheduled to stand trial on March 20, 2023, in Council Bluffs, while Jeremy Goodale is scheduled to stand trial on December 5, 2023, in Davenport. The teenagers, who are now 17-year-olds, will be tried as adults next year.
As per the Desmoines Register, the body of Nohema Graber was discovered on November 3, 2021, beneath a wheelbarrow, railroad ties and a tarpaulin.
Reportedly, on the day Graber was murdered, she had met Miller and Goodale in Fairfield High School. Subsequently, she is said to have driven her van to Fairfield Park for her daily walk.
According to court documents, Miller and Goodale followed her to the park before allegedly murdering her. The prosecutor’s account states that in the aftermath of the alleged murder, Miller and Goodale were seen leaving the park in Graber’s van.
Iowa authorities began to suspect that Miller and Goodale were behind the brutal killing. But while Miller initially claimed that he had participated in the murder, he said he did not play a direct role.
The court documents read:
Miller claimed that Nohema Graber had been killed by a gang of masked teenagers, who subsequently forced him to help them dispose of the body. He said that he only played a role in supplying the wheelbarrow and driving the Spanish teacher’s vehicle out of the park.
However, authorities stated that an anonymous witness claimed that Goodale had boasted about perpetrating the murder in a Snapchat conversation, where he also implicated Miller as a direct participant.
In court documents filed by Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding and Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown, the lawyers outline the motive behind the alleged murder.
The statement read:
Miller’s defense attorney, Christine Branstad, has made efforts to suppress evidence collected by the authorities in the case. She claims that the search warrants used to search the teen’s family home were invalid.
Branstad said:
It has not been confirmed whether or not the search warrants shall be invalidated.
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