MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana woman on trial for killing her
newlywed husband at Glacier National Park told the FBI "I pushed him and I
The statement by 22-year-old Jordan Graham was
heard on Wednesday, the third day of her trial. She is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody
Flathead County Deputy Coroner Richard Sine
testified that Johnson had an 8-inch fracture on his forehead and was not
wearing a wedding ring when his body was found.
Jordan Graham's statement was in a recoding made
by an FBI agent in Kalispell on July 16.
Graham has said she and Johnson argued in the park
and he accidentally fell when she tried to remove his hand from her arm.
Johnson was reported missing on July 8. Graham concocted a story that her husband of eight days had gone off with friends and had not returned. His body was found by Graham near the Loop on July 11.
In the recording, Graham calmly told FBI agent
Stacey Smiedala that she and Johnson were having a fight and decided to drive
to Glacier to discuss their issues. While venturing off trail near the Loop,
Graham said Johnson grabbed her arm. Graham then took Johnson's hand off her
and pushed him over the cliff.
"It was a quick thing, I just wanted to get
him off me," she said in the recorded interview. "I don't feel like I
killed him; I mean I pushed him, but it was an accident."
Sherry Johnson testified that her son was excited
to marry Graham. She also said she tried to console Graham during a prayer
service after her son's death.
"I put my arm around her and said everything
will be OK," Sherry Johnson said tearfully. "Cody's with Jesus now."
Graham didn't respond, Sherry Johnson testified.
Graham’s stepfather Steve Rutledge also testified Wednesday. He said Johnson had told him during church the day of his death that his wife had a “surprise” for him, reports CBS affiliate KXLF.
Prosecutors maintain the “surprise” was that Graham planned
to kill her husband by pushing him over the cliff.
Graham's trial resumes Thursday.