Posted By: Daily Mail
An Iowa teen charged in the vicious killing of his high school Spanish teacher will be charged as an adult, a judge ruled on Thursday, along with his 17-year-old classmate.
Willard Miller, 16, faces first-degree murder charges in the death of his 66-year-old teacher, Nohema Graber. District Judge Shawn Showers denied moving the teen’s murder case to juvenile court.
On Wednesday, a judge rejected the request of Jeremy Goodale, 17, who faces the same charges in the death of Graber, to be tried as a juvenile.
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The judge said during Miller’s court appearance that the juvenile court system would not have enough time to rehabilitate him ‘for a crime of such magnitude.
In the ruling, the judge cited that if the teens had gone through the juvenile system the longest they could be held in the juvenile system would be six months past their 19th birthday.
Both teens will be charged in November.
Miller and Goodale were both 16 when they were arrested in Graber´s killing.
The teens had followed the beloved teacher to a park that she often went to in Fairfield and beat her to death with a baseball bat, police said.
Jeremy Goodale, 17, Miller’s accomplice faces first-degree murder charges in the cold-blooded murder of his high school Spanish teacher and will be tried in November as an adult
Nohema Garber’s family reported her missing on November 2, 2021. Her body was found later that day in a park in Fairfield. Officials said that she suffered ‘inflicted trauma to the head’
After the killing, they allegedly hid her body under a tarp, wheelbarrow and railroad ties at the Chautauqua Park in Fairfield, located approximately 95 miles southeast of Des Moines, Iowa.
Garber’s family had reported her missing on November 2, 2021 and her body was found later that day in the park. Officials said that she suffered ‘inflicted trauma to the head.’