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Iowa teens plead not guilty to death of teacher

Two Southeastern Iowa Teens Charged With First Degree Misdemeanor murder and conspiracy to murder in the death of their high school Spanish teacher pleaded not guilty in impeachment documents filed Monday.

Willard Noble President Miller and Jeremy Everett Goodale, both 16, are accused of having killed Nohema Graber in Fairfield. Graber, 66, was reported missing on November 2 and her remains were found later that day in a Fairfield park where she was known for her daily walks. Previous court documents indicated that Graber suffered “a trauma to the head.”

Miller and Goodale have waived their right to a speedy trial, which means prosecutors are not required to try them within 90 days of formal charges being laid on November 12. Both said they were being held in juvenile detention centers.


Jefferson County officials say Willard Noble President Miller (center) and Jeremy Everett Goodale (left) are charged as adults with first degree homicide and conspiracy to commit first degree homicide in the death of Nohema Graber, 66 (right).
(Fairfield Police Department via AP)

Lawyers for the teens last week asked a state court judge to lower their link so they can be turned over to their parents’ supervision, but prosecutors resisted and said the bonds should be kept at $ 1 million or even raised to $ 2 million.

Iowa Deputy Attorney General Scott Brown said the “extremely brutal murder of an innocent person” warrants his continued detention.


Lawyers for Miller and Goodale have argued for home containment and other checks, saying they had no option to evade prosecution. Miller’s lawyer Christine Branstad said research shows that detaining minors away from their families for extended periods before trial can have a detrimental effect on them and delay their development.

Judge Joel Yates has indicated he will make a decision this week.

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