Iowa teens-16- accused of killing Spanish teacher

 A court  has heard that two Iowa teens accused last month with the killing of a high school Spanish instructor watched her every move before ambushing her.

Authorities in southeast Iowa charged Jeremy Goodale, 16, and Willard Miller, 16, with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the November death of Nohema Graber, 66.

More information concerning Ms Graber's final moments was provided in a court file on December 23rd, saying that both students closely monitored her before she was attacked in an attack on  November 2nd.

Prosecutors allege Mr Goodale and Mr Miller ambushed their Spanish instructor and carried her corpse into a nearby wood during her regular stroll.

The Fairfield High School teacher went missing that day and was discovered hours later in a nearby park, some 95 miles (150 kilometers) southeast of Des Moines.

Authorities had stated that her corpse was covered by a tarp, a wheelbarrow, and railroad ties, and that she exhibited symptoms of "inflicted damage to the head." Mr Miller also told investigators he was at the park on 2 November.

According to court records, police were able to apprehend Mr Goodale and subsequently Mr Miller after obtaining information that both pupils were discussing the attack on social media.

According to reports, there were apparently clothing items left behind in the park in Fairfield that linked the death to both students, who appeared in court for a hearing on December 23.

Joel Yates, a judge, stated that he evaluated the facts and the minutes of testimony and discovered "evidence which, if unexplained, is sufficient to sustain a conviction by a trial jury."

While no trial date has been set, both teenagers are being detained in juvenile detention institutions on a $1 million cash bail and  both have pleaded not guilty.

The teens will be prosecuted as adults because, if found guilty as minors, they may be freed within two years at the age of 18, according to the prosecutor.

"This prosecutor cannot see any combination of programming at any Iowa juvenile institution that could effectively treat or rehabilitate the defendant if judged as a juvenile," the prosecution stated.

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