Willard Noble Chaiden Miller and Jeremy Everett Goodale, the two Iowa students accused of killing their high school Spanish teacher earlier this month, pleaded not guilty to the charges in court yesterday.
According to the court documents, both of the 16-year-old boys pleaded not guilty to the charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection to the killing of Nohema Graber.
The 66-year-old victim’s body was reportedly found on November 2 in a Fairfield, Iowa park hidden beneath a tarp, wheelbarrow and railroad ties after she was reported missing earlier that day.
According to the authorities, the victim had suffered inflicted trauma to the head.
The authorities have not disclosed a potential motive for the murder of Graber, but they claim the two teenage suspects posted about the attack and murder on social media, although they have yet to disclose what social media platform the posts appeared on and what exactly the posts consisted of.
Both 16-year-old boys were charged as adults for the suspected crime.
The court documents also claim that one of the boys, Miller, admitted to taking part in the murder of Graber. He reportedly admitted to investigators that he was at the Fairfield park when the murder occurred, he helped provide materials used in the murder, and he helped hide the victim’s body.
After Graber’s body was officially found, her son took to social media to announce his mother’s death and to forgive the culprits.
“I’m sorry I can’t respond to the all of the messages,” her son Christian wrote on Facebook. “But I’ll just say what I’ve been told. My mother passed away.”
“As I understand it was pre attempted murder by two students. I forgive them and feel sorry that they had that anger in their hearts. There’s no point in being angry at them. We should hope that they can find peace in their lives.”
“Te amo madre,” he concluded his post saying.
Both Miller and Goodale have reportedly waived their right to a speedy trial, and will be held in a juvenile detention center until their trial begins on what is currently scheduled for April 19.