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Iowa teenager accused of killing teacher will be tried as an adult


A 17-year-old Iowa boy accused of helping a classmate kill his high school Spanish teacher last year will face trial as an adult after a judge denied his request to transfer his case in juvenile court

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — A 17-year-old Iowa boy accused of helping a classmate kill his high school Spanish teacher last year will face trial as an adult after a judge denied his request on Wednesday to transfer his case to a juvenile court.

District Judge Shawn Showers has ruled that Jeremy Goodale will face a first-degree murder trial in adult court for the brutal death of 66-year-old Nohema Graber, a teacher at Fairfield High School.

In his decision, Showers cited the limited time in juvenile court to rehabilitate Goodale if the teenager is found guilty, noting that Goodale could be held in the juvenile system the longest is six months after his 19th birthday.

“The increasingly short time for juvenile court to rehabilitate the accused is simply insufficient for a crime of such magnitude based on the nature of the offenses described in the record of testimony,” Showers wrote. .

Police arrested Goodale and another teenager, Willard Miller, in Graber’s murder. Graber’s body was found Nov. 3 hidden under a tarp, wheelbarrow and railroad ties in a park in the city of Fairfield, and police say she was beaten to death with a bat. baseball. Fairfield is approximately 95 miles (152.89 kilometers) southeast of Des Moines.

Miller’s attorneys have also requested that his case be sent to juvenile court. A hearing on that motion was held on Friday, but the judge had not issued a decision on the request on Wednesday.

ABC News

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