One of two Iowa teenagers charged in the 2021 fatal beating of their Spanish teacher over a bad grade will cooperate with prosecutors, it was revealed Wednesday in court.
Jeremy Goodale has agreed to testify against his former friend Willard Miller, although it was not immediately clear if the arrangement is part of a plea deal, according to the Des Moines Register.
Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding made the surprising disclosure during a hearing in which Miller’s lawyers argued that evidence against the pair should be suppressed because their constitutional rights had been violated.
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“Mr. Goodale has turned state’s evidence and is listed as a witness against Miller,” Moulding announced, noting that Miller’s lawyers should no longer make assertions on behalf of Goodale, the local newspaper reported.
The classmates, who are now 17, are charged with murdering teacher Nohema Graber, 66, on Nov. 2, 2021, after Miller had a meeting with her over a poor grade he received in her class, according to prosecutors. They are being tried as adults.
The pair, who were 16 at the time of the killing, are accused of ambushing the Fairfield High School teacher in Chautauqua Park, where she was known to take daily walks.
The teenagers allegedly dragged her into the woods and beat her to death with a baseball bat, court papers allege.
Her body was found the next day hidden under a tarp, a wheelbarrow and railroad ties, the documents say.
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Graber had taught at the school, about 100 miles southeast of Des Moines, since 2012.
The hearing Wednesday was on a motion by Miller to suppress interviews the two teenagers gave to investigators and other evidence.
Miller has a pending appeal before the Iowa Supreme Court on the denial of a previous motion to suppress evidence on similar grounds.
Miller is slated to go to trial on April 21 in Pottawattamie County, and Goodale in May.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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