12:39 PM EDT 01/07/2014
Originally posted 12/12/2013 03:30PM
After three days of testimony, Jordan Graham pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder for pushing her husband off of a cliff just eight days after their wedding.
The deal came in federal court in Missoula, Mont., at lunchtime Thursday, just before her jury was set to hear closing arguments. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy accepted the plea, but said she first had to tell him the truth.
Graham said that she and Cody Johnson were on the Loop Trail in Glacier National Park July 7, arguing over what the defense has referred to as her "wedding blues," when Johnson grabbed her arm. She said she brushed him away and then she pushed him. The shove sent her husband over the edge of the steep cliff and to his death at the bottom of a ravine.
Originally posted 12/09/2013 07:30AM
As her newlywed husband Cody Johnson lay face down at the bottom of a cliff on the night of July 7, Jordan Graham fired off a flurry of text messages to her friends, discussing her dance moves and planting fake stories to explain Johnson's disappearance, federal prosecutors say in pretrial briefs.
Although there were no eyewitnesses to Johnson's tragic fall at Glacier National Park, prosecutors say those text messages, along with testimony from friends and fellow churchgoers about Graham's behavior before and after the tragedy, will help prove first-degree murder to the federal jury to be impaneled Monday morning in Missoula, Mont.
Graham, 22, "engaged in a nine-day campaign to hide her crime from friends, family and law enforcement," wrote the prosecutors, adding that Graham, "lied to Glacier National Park law enforcement and every other law enforcement agency she encountered in order to hide her crime."
Originally posted 11/13/2013 02:45PM
Did Jordan Graham blindfold her newlywed husband, Cody Lee Johnson, before allegedly shoving him off a cliff to his death in Montana's Glacier National Park?
That's what federal prosecutors believe happened, according to a new court filing by Graham's defense team.
"In support of this new theory, the government is awaiting DNA test results being run on a piece of cloth found on a shoal in the river in the same general vicinity as where Cody's body was recovered," says the motion by Michael Donahoe, a senior litigator with the Montana federal defender's office.
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