Iowa Teens Accused In Brutal Murder Of Teacher -- Over Bad Grade

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A pair of Iowa teens charged with murdering their high school Spanish teacher last year did so because she gave one of them a bad grade, prosecutors have revealed.

Fairfield residents Willard Miller and Jeremy Goodale, who were 16 at the time of the murder, are accused of beating Nohema Graber to death with baseball bats before hiding her mangled body underneath a tarp, a wheelbarrow and railroad ties, prosecutors say. In a police interview transcript filed on Tuesday, Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown reveals the reason the duo killed Graber. "The poor grade is believed to be the motive behind the murder of Graber, which directly connects Miller," Brown writes. He goes on to say Miller was especially upset because the grade brought down his GPA.

Goodale's trial is set to begin December 5th in Davenport, while Miller is scheduled to go to trial next March in Council Bluffs, according to court calendars. Both teens will be tried as adults, prosecutors say.

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