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Crime: Two Iowa teens plead not guilty in Spanish teacher’s murder

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A pair of teens have pleaded not guilty to murdering their Spanish teacher, whose body was discovered in a park not far from their Iowa high school.

Jeremy Everett Goodale, left, and Willard Noble Chaiden Miller have both been charged with homicide in the first degree and conspiracy to commit homicide. © Provided by New York Daily News Jeremy Everett Goodale, left, and Willard Noble Chaiden Miller have both been charged with homicide in the first degree and conspiracy to commit homicide.

Willard Miller and Jeremy Goodale, both 16, have both been charged with first-degree homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide in the death of Nohema Graber, a beloved educator at Fairfield High School, where they were both students. They entered their pleas in connection with the slaying on Monday.

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Willard Noble Chaiden Miller is escorted into a bond review hearing at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Fairfield, Iowa, Tuesday, Nov. 23. © Provided by New York Daily News Willard Noble Chaiden Miller is escorted into a bond review hearing at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Fairfield, Iowa, Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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Willard Noble Chaiden Miller is escorted into a bond review hearing at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Fairfield, Iowa, Tuesday, Nov. 23. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/)

According to arraignment documents also filed Monday, the suspects waived their right to a speedy trial, meaning prosecutors are not required to try them within 90 days of formal charges being filed Nov. 12.

Graber was first reported missing on Nov. 2. Her remains were found later the same day beneath a tarp in Chautauqua Park, a spot where she would often enjoy her daily strolls.

Jeremy Everett Goodale and his attorney Nicole Jensen attend a bond review hearing at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Fairfield, Iowa, Tuesday, Nov. 23. © Provided by New York Daily News Jeremy Everett Goodale and his attorney Nicole Jensen attend a bond review hearing at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Fairfield, Iowa, Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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Jeremy Everett Goodale and his attorney Nicole Jensen attend a bond review hearing at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Fairfield, Iowa, Tuesday, Nov. 23. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/)

Both suspects will be tried as adults, and they are currently being held on $1 million bond. Their attorneys earlier this month said the bond should be lowered and that the boys should be released to be their parents, arguing they have no means to flee the area.

This photo provided by the Fairfield (Iowa) Police Department shows Nohema Graber. Two teenagers are being charged as adults in the death of Nohema Graber, a Fairfield High School teacher, the Jefferson County Sheriff's office said, Thursday, Nov. 4. © Provided by New York Daily News This photo provided by the Fairfield (Iowa) Police Department shows Nohema Graber. Two teenagers are being charged as adults in the death of Nohema Graber, a Fairfield High School teacher, the Jefferson County Sheriff's office said, Thursday, Nov. 4.

This photo provided by the Fairfield (Iowa) Police Department shows Nohema Graber. Two teenagers are being charged as adults in the death of Nohema Graber, a Fairfield High School teacher, the Jefferson County Sheriff's office said, Thursday, Nov. 4.

Prosecutors, on the other hand, have contended the bail amount should be raised, describing Graber’s death as the “extremely brutal murder of an innocent person.”

Authorities have previously said the killing appeared to be premeditated and that the teens posted about it on social media.

Goodale and Miller both have pre-trial hearings set on March 21st. A judge will rule on the matter of bond later this week.

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16-Year-Old Willard Miller Wants to Be Tried as Juvenile on Charge He Murdered Teacher .
The attorney for one of two teens charged with murdering their teacher asked for his case to be moved to juvenile court, where his sentence would be shorter.Miller and Jeremy Goodale are currently charged as adults for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of 66-year-old Nohema Graber.

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