In what's being called the Glacier Park murder, Jordan Linn Graham appeared in court Monday, accused of pushing her newlywed husband off of a cliff to his death while the two were hiking near their Montana home. On July 7, the 22-year-old Graham allegedly shoved her husband of eight days, Cody Lee Johnson, off a steep cliff face at Glacier National Park in Montana, reports CBS News on Sept. 10.
Graham was recently charged with second degree murder of her 25-year-old husband. Prosecutors are painting a picture of an unhappy bride, who just over one week into the marriage, was having severe doubts about the choice she made.
According to the FBI, Graham admitted to arguing with her husband as they walked the Loop Trail area of the park – a 3.8 mile hike with a vertical gain of a little over 2,000 feet.
Graham said as the two were standing near a precipice, she turned to walk away, but Cody grabbed her by the arm. Her reaction then caused his death.
“Due to her anger, she pushed Johnson with both hands in the back, and as a result, he fell face first off the cliff.” --Missoula Federal Court affidavit
Graham covered up what had happened, initially lying to officials regarding the incident. Text messages to her friends also revealed more than just an unintentional split-second reaction out of anger.
The night before the accident, Graham texted a friend and said she was having reservations about her marriage the previous weekend. According to court documents, the text message from Graham to her friend said, “Oh well, I'm going to talk to him.”
The friend responded, “I'll pray for you guys.”
A chilling response from Graham then came:
“But dead serious if you don't hear from me at all again tonight, something happened.”
Graham waited until the following day, after Cody had been declared missing, to tell park rangers that she had “spotted his body,” making it seem to officials that Graham was not with him on July 7, but that Cody visited the park with friends.
“It was a place he wanted to see before he died,” she said, according to the affidavit. “He would come up here with friends to drive fast when his friends were visiting from out of town.”
On July 16, Graham came clean about her lie regarding what had happened, admitting to officials that the two were together and that she shoved Cody off the cliff wall. Cody’s body was found in an area of the park so steep and rugged that it could not be reached by foot; a helicopter had to be flown in to extract his body.
Family friend Tracey Maness said they are happy that the truth is coming out, and that Graham is behind bars awaiting a trial.
“Two months probably isn't very long for an FBI investigation, but when you're waiting for answers, that's a lifetime,” Maness said.