FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — A 17-year-old Iowa boy accused of helping a classmate kill their high school Spanish teacher last year will be tried as an adult after a judge denied his request to move his case to juvenile court.
District Judge Shawn Showers ruled Wednesday that Jeremy Goodale will face a first-degree murder trial in adult court for the beating death of 66-year-old Nohema Graber, who taught at Fairfield High School.
Showers said the juvenile court system would not have enough time to rehabilitate Goodale “for a crime of such magnitude.”
Goodale and Willard Miller were both 16 when they were arrested in Graber's killing.
Graber's body was found Nov. 3 in a Fairfield city park, and police say she had been beaten to death with a baseball bat.