Iowa teen charged with killing teacher to be tried as adult

Nohema Graber
Posted at 3:41 PM, May 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-11 16:41:33-04

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.

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