Prosecutors formally charge Fairfield teens accused of killing Spanish teacher Nohema Graber
Prosecutors filed formal charges Friday in the murder cases against two Fairfield teens accused of murdering a high school Spanish teacher.
In court documents, prosecutors laid out the elements of the crimes the 16-year-old Fairfield High students are accused of: first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.
Prosecutors also filed sealed evidence they say provides probable cause to believe Willard Noble Chaiden Miller and Jeremy Everett Goodale killed 66-year-old Nohema Graber on Nov. 2.
What is known about Graber's death
Graber was last seen alive by coworkers after school Nov. 2. The next morning, she was reported missing and police began an immediate search, according to records.
A search party found her in Chautauqua Park, where she was known to take daily walks after school.
She was found hidden beneath a tarp, wheelbarrow and railroad ties, according to criminal complaints filed against Miller and Goodale.
The following day, Nov. 4, police arrested Miller and Goodale after an "associate" provided police with evidence of social media communications implicating the pair.
Born in Mexico, Graber moved to Fairfield in the early 1990s with her family. Her then-husband had grown up in Fairfield, and the couple sought to settle in the U.S. after having the first two of their three children.
Graber began teaching Spanish in 2006 after pursuing a teaching degree late in life, first in Ottumwa and later at Fairfield High School.
She was considered one of the pillars of Fairfield's small-but-growing Hispanic community, but prosecutors have said they believe the crime was not related to her ethnicity.
The teens were students at Fairfield High School, although prosecutors have not said whether or not they were students in Graber's classes.
The cases against the teens
The evidence submitted Friday is not public, but can be reviewed by the judge and defense lawyers in the cases. It only has to show that prosecutors have reasonable grounds to pursue charges.
The filing avoid probable cause hearings scheduled for Friday, in which defense lawyers would have been given a limited opportunity to cross-examine prosecution witnesses. The so-called trial information filings are routinely used by Iowa prosecutors.
Earlier in the week, both defendants filed court papers asking that they be released without bail while awaiting trial. Prosecutors objected, saying in court papers that the two youths has committed a "brutal" murder and that "no conditions of release supervision would provide for the safety or welfare of any community" in which they reside.
Hearings on whether to reduce the $1 million bail each teen is held on are scheduled for Nov. 23. Both of the youths are scheduled to enter a formal pleas of guilty or not guilty at arraignments Nov. 29.