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KALISPELL, Montana (KCFW) – Federal prosecutors are accusing a Kalispell, Montana woman of murdering her new husband, 25-year-old Cody Lee Johnson.
Johnson disappeared July 7. His body was found five days later in Glacier National Park.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has unveiled its case against his wife, 22-year-old Jordan Linn Graham.
Investigators say Graham, who admitted to a friend that she was having second thoughts about her marriage in a text message to a friend shortly before Johnson was killed, shoved her husband during an argument, causing him to fall face-first off of a rocky cliff.
The complaint starts on July 8.
It starts the day Johnson’s employer reported him missing. The next day Graham, Johnson’s wife, reportedly told investigators Johnson texted her he wanted to go for a drive with an out-of-town friend. She claimed she saw him leaving in a dark car. The FBI agent reports she deleted the text.
July 11, the affidavit claims a friend, known only by the initials K.M., said Graham admitted she’d been having second thoughts about her marriage. We double checked, they’d been married eight days.
Then at 8:30 p.m., Graham reportedly told a ranger she’d found Johnson’s body below The Loop. The ranger said he questioned her about finding Johnson. Here’s a quote from Graham we pulled from the affidavit: “It was a place he wanted to see before he died.”
July 13, the affidavit quotes another friend, A.H. Investigators say A.H. told them Graham claimed she’d gotten an email that said Johnson had fallen while hiking, and the search should be called off.
On July 16 the affidavit lays out the most incriminating evidence — an alleged admission from Graham that she had lied. The FBI claims Graham admitted she and Johnson argued the night of July 7, then went to Glacier.
Reports are that argument got worse, that Graham tried to walk away, but Johnson grabbed her arm. Then, the FBI agent says Graham claimed she took his hand off her arm, but was so angry, she pushed with both hands on Johnson’s back, and he fell face first off the cliff.
If charged with murder in the second degree, Graham faces a possible penalty of life in prison.