Nohema Graber Bio – Nohema Graber Wiki
Nohema Graber, the Iowa teacher whose body was found underneath a tarp at a local park after police say she was murdered by two students, gave an interview to a paper just a day before she died and talked about mortality.
Nohema Graber was 66 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
Two Iowa teenagers killed their high school Spanish teacher last year because of frustration over a bad grade, and prosecutors said Tuesday in court documents that, for the first time, reveal a possible motive.
The documents were filed before a Wednesday hearing where a judge will hear arguments on whether to suppress any evidence against Willard Miller and Jeremy Goodale. They are charged with murdering high school Spanish teacher Nohema Graber in the small town of Fairfield.
A lawyer for Miller is asking the court in Fairfield to invalidate four search warrants and suppress evidence from Miller’s home, comments he made to police, and information taken from his cellphone and the social media platform Snapchat.
Graber’s body was found in a Fairfield park on November 3, 2021, hidden under a tarp, wheelbarrow, and railroad ties. She had been beaten to death with a baseball bat, and Miller and Goodale were 16 at the time.
Fairfield is a town of about 9,400 people, some 100 miles from Des Moines.
Investigators found that Miller met with Graber at Fairfield High School on the afternoon of November 2, 2021, to discuss his poor grade in her class. Graber later drove her van to a park where she was known to take daily walks after school, authorities say. Witnesses saw her van leaving the park less than an hour later with two males in the front seat.
The van was left at the end of a rural road. After getting a phone call from Goodale, a witness later picked up Goodale and Miller as they walked to town on that road, investigators say.
In a police interview, Miller described his frustrations with how Graber taught Spanish and how the grade in her class was lowering his GPA.
“The poor grade is believed to be the motive behind the murder of Graber, which directly connects Miller,” court documents filed by Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding and Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown said.
Miller initially denied involvement in Graber’s disappearance but “later stated he had knowledge of everything but did not participate,” according to court documents. He told police that the real killers – a “roving group of masked kids” – forced him to provide his wheelbarrow to help move her body and to drive her van from the park.
The documents say a witness provided photos of a Snapchat conversation “that identify Goodale’s admissions that he acted in concert with another person to bring about Graber’s death.” The witness identified Goodale as making statements implicating Goodale and Miller by name.
Miller’s lawyer, Christine Branstad, says that the search warrants were issued illegally partly because “law enforcement failed to provide information to the issuing magistrate to show the informant is reliable or that the information from the informant should be considered reliable.”
Miller is scheduled for March 20 in Council Bluffs, and Goodale’s trial is on December 5 in Davenport.
Both teens, now 17, will be tried as adults. In Iowa, the penalty for a first-degree murder conviction is life in prison. Iowa Supreme Court rulings require juveniles convicted of even the most serious crimes to be given a chance for parole.
According to the school’s website, Graber, 66, had been a Spanish teacher at Fairfield High School since 2012.
“To know Nohema was to love her — she was the kind of person every community longs to have in its midst, and we were blessed to have her in our lives,” Graber’s family said in a statement after her death. “She lived for her children, her family, and her faith. Her next priorities were her job as an educator and the children she taught, her local Parish, and the Spanish-speaking community in Fairfield.”