Accused Teen Makes Second Motion to Suppress Evidence, Co-Defendant to Testify Against Him


A Fairfield teen accused of killing a teacher made another attempt to have evidence against him suppressed while his co-defendant is now a state’s witness according to prosecutors.

On Wednesday, the attorneys for Willard Miller (left), 17, made a second motion to have significant evidence thrown out because of alleged constitutional and legal violations. Judge Shawn Showers ruled against the first motion although the ruling is pending appeal in the Iowa Supreme Court.

The current motion seeks to suppress evidence Miller and Jeremy Goodale (right), 17, gave to investigators during an interview after the killing of 66-year-old Nohema Graber, a Spanish teacher at Fairfield High School. Miller’s attorneys accuse police of lying on search warrant applications in the case.

Also in Wednesday’s hearing, Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding said Goodale was willing to testify against Miller during the latter’s April 21st trial in Council Bluffs. Court records do not show whether or not Goodale reached a plea deal and it is unknown what Goodale would receive in exchange for his testimony.

Police say the two teens beat Graber to death with a baseball bat while she was walking in a park near the high school on November 3rd, 2021. Her body was concealed using a tarp, wheelbarrow, and railroad ties.

Both Miller and Goodale have pleaded not guilty to the charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Goodale’s trial is scheduled for May 15th in Davenport. Miller and Goodale’s trials were moved out of Jefferson County due to pre-trial publicity.

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