Judge Grants Change of Venue Request for Accused Fairfield Teen


A Fairfield teenager accused of killing a Spanish teacher will have his upcoming trial moved out of Jefferson County.

16-year-old Willard Miller faces charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony. Miller’s attorneys requested a change of venue last month.

In his ruling, Judge Shawn Showers said there is a “substantial likelihood a fair and impartial trial cannot be preserved with a jury selected from Jefferson County.”

The State did not contest Showers’ decision and agreed that with so many community members impacted by 66-year-old Nohema Graber’s death, finding an impartial jury would be unrealistic.

Police say, Miller and Jeremy Goodale, 17, killed Graber with a baseball bat last November in Chautauqua Park in Fairfield.

It is unknown where Miller’s trial will be moved to. In May, Showers denied a request from Miller to move his trial to juvenile court.

Miller’s trial is scheduled for November 1.

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