The murder trial of a Montana bride accused of pushing her husband off a cliff days after they were married is scheduled to begin December 9.
Federal Judge Donald Molloy set the trial date for Jordan Linn Graham for December, despite an argument from attorneys that they would not be prepared for trial until February.
Graham has also filed a written waiver of her constitutional right to a speedy trial, which would require she be tried before December 13, 2013. Graham's waiver removes the necessity to try the case before December 13.
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Graham, 22, and her husband, Cody L. Johnson, 25, were married only eight days before Johnson’s death on July 7 of this year. Graham told investigators that she pushed Johnson during an argument and he fell face-first off the cliff in Glacier National Park near a hiking area called “The Loop,” according to a police affidavit.
The newlywed has pleaded not guilty to first-degree and second-degree murder charges, as well as one charge of making false statements to law enforcement.
According to court documents filed in the case, Graham told police she went with Johnson to a hiking trail in Glacier National Park that evening in July and an argument ensued.
“Graham stated their argument intensified. At one point in time during their arguing, Graham turned and began to walk away. She stated Johnson grabbed her by the arm,” reads an affidavit supporting the charges against Graham.
Graham said she then turned around and removed Johnson's hand, and that’s when the tragedy happened.
“Graham stated she could have just walked away, but due to her anger, she pushed Johnson with both hands in the back and as a result, he fell face first off the cliff,” reads the affidavit.
Johnson’s body was found several days later.
The affidavit also states that Graham texted a friend the same night her husband died, saying in the message that she was going to talk to Johnson about having “second thoughts.”
Graham said via text message, “Oh well, I am about to talk to him.”
Her friend responded, “I’ll pray for you guys.”
Graham then replied, “Dead serious, if u don’t hear from me at all again tonight, something happened,” according to a court document filed in the case.