December 10, 2013

Brother testifies at trial of woman accused of pushing husband off cliff

The 16-year-old was with Jordan Graham when she led authorities to her husband’s body in Glacier National Park on July 11.

By Matt Volz
The Associated Press

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Jordan Graham leaves the Federal Courthouse in Missoula, Mont., Monday after the first day of her murder trial. Graham, 22, is accused of murdering Cody Johnson, her husband of eight days, by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park on July 7.

The Associated Press

McLean said the couple took their argument to the park and descended below a retaining wall along the roadway to the ledge. There, Graham pushed Johnson in the back with both hands and he fell face-first over the cliff, McLean said.

She then drove home without seeking help and sent text messages to friends that planted stories about Johnson’s disappearance and talked about her dance moves for an upcoming party, the prosecutor said.

She lied to his friends and her own family about his disappearance. She showed authorities a fabricated email from a person named “Tony” that said Johnson was dead and they should call off the search. The next day, she led authorities to his body, saying that she knew he liked to hike in that spot with his buddies, McLean said.

Graham’s attorney said she was running from the reality of the situation that she had found herself in. In her naivete, she came up with a ridiculous, implausible story to deflect attention from herself.

“Jordan did not want to report this accident because she was afraid,” Nelson said.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said he hoped to get the trial to the jury this week because he has another trial scheduled to start next Monday in Billings.

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