According to new court records, two Iowa teenagers accused of killing their Spanish teacher with a baseball bat committed it as payback for a failing grade.
In the records submitted on Tuesday ahead of a hearing set on Wednesday, a potential motive for the gruesome killing of Nohema Graber, a 66-year-old teacher at Fairfield High, where both suspects were formerly pupils, was finally revealed.
On November 2, 2021, Willard Miller and 16-year-old Jeremy Goodale were accused of killing Graber by beating her.
Miller and Graber met earlier that day to discuss Graber’s recent subpar Spanish exam score.
Later, the adolescent admitted to being angry at how Graber had conducted her class and even more so at how the poor grade would have affected his GPA.
On November 3, 2021, Graber’s battered body was discovered at Chautauqua Park, where she had been taking one of her regular strolls, tucked under a tarp, hidden under a wheelbarrow, and buried under railroad ties.
According to court documents, witnesses claimed to have seen her van leave the park around an hour after she had arrived, but with two males seated in the front seats.
According to witnesses, the boys got out of the car at the end of a country road and continued walking until another driver picked them up.
According to court filings submitted by Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown and Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding, “the bad grade is thought to be the motivation behind the murder of Graber, which directly connects Miller.”