Iowa teens monitored, assaulted the teacher before killing her, prosecutors say

The Iowa teens accused of killing a beloved Spanish teacher noted her daily routine, assaulted her during her walk and then killed her, prosecutors said in court documents.

Nohema Graber, 66, taught at Fairfield High School, located in the southeastern part of the state. Preliminary evidence suggested she suffered “head trauma.”

16-year-olds Willard Noble Chaiden Miller and Jeremy Everett Goodale have been charged with first-degree murder.

16-year-olds Willard Noble Chaiden Miller and Jeremy Everett Goodale have been charged with first-degree murder.

She was reported missing last month and her body was located in Chautauqua Park in Fairfield. Authorities said her body was found hidden under a tarp, wheelbarrow and railroad tracks.

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Nohema Graber was a teacher at Fairfield High School.  (Fairfield (Iowa) Police Department via AP)

Nohema Graber was a teacher at Fairfield High School. (Fairfield (Iowa) Police Department via AP)
(Fairfield Iowa Police Department via AP)

Willard Noble Chaiden Miller and Jeremy Everett Goodale, both 16 at the time, were charged as adults with the murder. The Associated Press reported that the new details were found in a December 23 trial. The report pointed out that lawyers for teens have asked that they be brought to justice as young people.

Prosecutors have challenged the request, saying Goodale, if convicted in juvenile court, will be released in less than 24 months.

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Both teens plead not guilty. Authorities have not released a motive.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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