Judge denies Fairfield teens’ bail reduction request

John Jenson
Mid-America Publishing
District Court Judge Joel Yates denied a bail reduction request from the lawyers of a
pair of Fairfield teens accused of murdering Fairfield High School Spanish teacher
Nohema Graber.
Jeremy Goodale and Willard Miller, both 16, have been charged with first-degree
murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Graber disappeared in early November and
was found deceased one day later. Goodale and Miller were charged the following day.
Their lawyer asked for a reduction of their $1 million bail, arguing that they were not
flight risks and do not have a criminal history.
In its ruling on the bond reduction request, documents state that the court took into
account the nature and circumstances of offenses that the teens are accused of, their
family ties, employment, financial resources, the length of the defendant's residence in
the community, the defendant's record of convictions and the defendants’ record of
appearances at other court proceedings.
A trial has been set for April 19 in Jefferson County District Court.



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