Arraignment Friday for woman accused of pushing husband off cliff

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Friday, October 4, 2013 - 9:00am

A Montana bride accused of pushing her new husband off a cliff to his death will be arraigned Friday on murder charges.

A federal grand jury on Thursday charged Jordan Linn Graham with first- and second-degree murder, and making false statements.

The couple had been married for a little more than a week when Cody Johnson fell to his death on July 7 on a hiking trail in Glacier National Park. Graham's attorney has said the groom's death was an accident.

An affidavit supporting the charges against Graham states that she told police she decided to travel with Johnson to the hiking trail the evening of July 7 and an argument ensued.

"Graham stated their argument intensified. At one point in time during their arguing, Graham turned and began to walk away. She stated Johnson grabbed her by the arm," reads the affidavit.

Graham said she then turned around and removed his hand.

"Graham stated she could have just walked away, but due to her anger, she pushed Johnson with both hands in the back and as a result, he fell face first off the cliff," reads the affidavit.

Johnson's body was found several days later.

The affidavit also states that Graham texted a friend the same night her husband died, saying in the message that she was going to talk to Johnson about having "second thoughts."

Graham texted, "Oh well, I am about to talk to him."

Her friend responded, "I'll pray for you guys."

Graham then replied, "Dead serious, if u don't hear from me at all again tonight, something happened," according to a court document filed in the case.

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