A 16-year-old boy will be tried as an adult after he and his 17-year-old friend killed their Spanish teacher and dumped her lifeless body in a park.
Willard Miller faces first-degree murder charges after he and his classmate killed teacher, Nohema Graber.
District Judge Shawn Showers rejected the transfer of the teens’ murder case to juvenile court.
The judge also denied the request of Jeremy Goodale, 17, to be tried as a juvenile.
In the ruling, the judge said that if Miller and Goodale had gone through the juvenile system, the longest the teens could be held would only be 6 months past their 19th birthdays.
According to reports, the teens were 16 when they were arrested for killing Graber.
It was on November 2, 2021, when Garber’s family had reported her missing.
Miller and Goodale reportedly followed the Spanish teacher to Chautauqua park in Fairfield before beating her to death using a baseball bat.
After the murder, the teens allegedly hid Graber’s body under a tarp, wheelbarrow, and railroad ties.
The body was found later that day, with police saying that the victim suffered ‘inflicted trauma to the head.’
Documents reveal that a friend of Goodale showed police Snapchat messages indicating that Miller and Goodale “were involved in the planning, execution, and disposal of evidence” related to the teacher’s murder.
One of the teens was also seen pushing a wheelbarrow into the park where Graber was killed.
The messages also included the body’s location, where her vehicle was parked, and how the teenagers concealed and disposed of the evidence, court documents reveal.
Both teens attended Graber’s class at Fairfield High School, where she had taught for ten years.
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