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Glacier Park murder: Trial for newlywed bride charged with murder begins

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Jurors for the trial of the Glacier Park murder case in which a woman allegedly blindfolded and pushed her husband of eight days off a cliff in Glacier National Park have been chosen. It was revealed by the Missoulian on Dec. 9 that prosecutors will not be allowed to present key evidence that could prove that the accused murderer, 22-year-old Jordan Linn Graham, made up allegations of abuse in prior relationships or comments she allegedly made about killing her parents.

Defenders and prosecutors of the Glacier Park murder case agree on one thing: Jordan Linn Graham pushed her new husband from a cliff in Glacier National Park, Montana, and he died.

As reported by UPI, jurors must answer the single most important question in the Glacier Park murder case: Was it self-defense or intentional murder?

The argument form the defense team is that Graham's husband, Cody Johnson, reportedly grabbed her by the arm while the couple was having an argument but she pulled away and accidentally shoved him face-first off a cliff to his death.

Police say that the two drove a short distance from their home in Kalispell, Montana to Glacier National Park, where the heated argument occurred.

Prosecutors say that on the night the alleged Glacier Park murder took place, Graham told a friend that she wanted to talk to her husband because she had been "having second thoughts about her decision to get married.

"I should be happy and I'm just not," Graham wrote in a July 1 text message to Kimberly Martinez, her best friend.

Although her account of the events leading up to the night of the alleged Glacier Park murder have not been consistent throughout the case, Graham and her attorney are insisting that Johnson fell by accident during the physical altercation.

KRTV writes that Graham told Martinez that she would talk to Johnson about her concerns on July 7, the day he died.

"If you don't hear from me at all again tonight, something happened," she said in the text message.

Later that night, after Johnson plunged hundreds of feet to his death, Graham sent Martinez several texts which indicated she was in a state of panic. In the messages, she claimed that she was "freaking out."

Jennifer Toren, a friend of Johnson, testified that Graham had lied to her in text messages the day after Johnson's death.

In one text, Graham asked Toren if she'd heard from Johnson "last night or today?"

"The last thing he said to me was that he was going for a drive with some friends that were visiting," Graham tells Toren.

Regarding the Glacier Park murder case, the Daily Mail reports that assistant U.S. Attorney Kris McLean is demanding that the defense explain Graham's reason for lying to family, friends and the police for several days. Reportedly, Johnson claimed her husband disappeared after driving off with friends.

"There were only two people on this cliff when the defendant pushed Cody Johnson off," McLean said.

Graham has pled not guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and making a false statement to authorities.
McLean explained to the jury that due to the fact there were no witnesses in the alleged Glacier Park murder, prosecutors are depending on the testimony of friends and relatives of the couple to show Graham's state of mind before and after Johnson's death to prove that she is guilty of his murder, the Daily Mail writes.

The Glacier Park murder case is being prosecuted in federal court due to the fact that the incident happened in a national park.



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