Two Iowa teenagers have been charged as adults in the killing of their 66-year-old Spanish teacher, according to the New York Daily News.
Willard Noble Chaiden Miller and Jeremy Everett Goodale, both 16, face first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges in connection with the Nov. 2 death of Nohema Graber, who worked at Fairfield High School in Iowa.
Graber was found dead at Chautauqua Park soon after she was reported missing.
No official cause of death has been released but police have said the victim suffered “trauma to the head.”
Prosecutors described the killing as ruthless and pre-meditated.
It’s alleged the two students watched Graber’s comings and goings before grabbing the teacher on her daily walk and dragging her into the woods where they returned later hide her body under a tarp and wheelbarrow.
“The nature and circumstances of the alleged criminal act are as serious as exist under the Iowa criminal code,” Jefferson County Attorney Chauncy Moulding said in Goodale’s filing that was obtained by the Daily News.
“This prosecuting attorney cannot fathom any combination of programming at any Iowa juvenile facility which could appropriately treat or rehabilitate the defendant if adjudicated as a juvenile.”
The prosecution also argued if Goodale had been charged as a minor he’d have been released after two years even if convicted of murder, whereas if convicted as adults, both teens could face life in prison.
The accused have pleaded not guilty and are in juvenile detention on a $1,274,750.00 CDN (or $1 million US) cash bond each.