Newlywed Jordan Linn Graham appeared in federal court yesterday on felony charges of second-degree murder for allegedly pushing her husband, Cody Lee Johnson, off a cliff in Glacier National Park.
Law enforcement believes that on the afternoon of July 7, 2013, just eight days after the couple had been married, they were walking along a steep trail called “The Loop.” They were allegedly arguing, and, at one point, Graham reportedly attempted to walk away but stopped when Johnson grabbed her arm. According to an affidavit filed in support of the case by FBI Special Agent Steven Liss, “Graham stated that she could have just walked away, but due to her anger, she pushed Johnson with both hands in the back and as a he result, he fell face first off the cliff.”
When Johnson’s employer reported him missing two days later, Graham reportedly told police that Johnson had gone “for a drive with a friend from out of town” two days earlier and that she hadn’t seen him since. Special Agent Liss said he became suspicious after talking to a friend of Graham’s, “K.M.,” who allegedly told him that Graham “was having second thoughts about the marriage.” Evidence indicates that Graham sent K.M. two text messages that night, the first reading “Oh well, I’m about to talk to him,” the second, “[b]ut dead serious if u don’t hear from me at all again tonight, something happened.”
Liss said he became even more suspicious when, on July 11, 2013, it was Graham who located her dead husband’s body in Glacier National Park. When a park ranger informed Graham it was “unusual that she had found the body,” she allegedly replied that “[i]t was a place he wanted to see before he died.”
The appearance ends two months of speculation by Johnson’s family about Graham’s potential involvement in his death. FBI investigators had been telling them only that the investigation was “open and ongoing.”
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