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Jordan Linn Graham to be arraigned in husband’s death in Glacier National Park

Jordan Linn Graham will appear in federal court Friday in Missoula to face charges relating to the death of her husband, Cody Lee Johnson, whom prosecutors say she shoved off a cliff in Glacier National Park in July. Graham’s attorney has said that the 22-year-old was acting in self-defense when the newlyweds began arguing on a hike through the park. She will be arraigned on charges of first- and second-degree murder, as well as making a false statement:

Graham originally told investigators that Johnson’s “car buddies from Washington probably came and got him,” according to the indictment.

Johnson was reported missing on July 8 when he did not show up at work, and Graham told investigators the next day she had seen a dark-colored car pulling out of their driveway, according to a statement by an FBI investigator filed with the court.

Two days later, Graham told a Glacier park ranger that she had found the body below the popular Loop area, the statement said.

Prosecutors say Graham lied and was with Johnson in Glacier National Park that night. She told investigators five days after that first interview that she and Johnson had an argument, were upset and decided to go to the Loop Trail.

Earlier that day, Johnson told a friend she was having second thoughts about getting married and meant to talk to Johnson about it. She said if the friend didn’t hear from her again that night, “something happened,” the FBI affidavit said.

Graham told investigators she and Johnson argued on the trail and it intensified. Johnson grabbed her arm as she turned to walk away and she pushed him with both hands in the back, causing him to fall head-first from a steep cliff, the affidavit said.

Associated Press

Johnson was 25. The couple had been married for eight days.


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Max Ehrenfreund writes for Wonkblog and compiles Wonkbook, a daily policy newsletter. You can subscribe here. Before joining The Washington Post, Ehrenfreund wrote for the Washington Monthly and The Sacramento Bee.


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