Posted: Sep 9, 2013 4:16 PM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 11, 2013 12:11 PM
MISSOULA - Jordan Linn Graham of Kalispell has been accused of murdering her husband Cody Lee Johnson in Glacier National Park.
Graham, 22 years old, appeared in federal court in Missoula on Monday on a complaint alleging murder in the second degree.
Johnson, 25 years old, was reported missing July 7th; his body was found July 11th in Glacier National Park below the Loop area.
Court documents state that Graham admitted she lied about the death of her husband, and had given several false statements to law enforcement and others about Johnson's death.
Graham told investigators that after an argument on July 7th, she and Johnson decided to go Glacier National Park.
They were walking on the Loop hiking trail when Graham says another argument broke out.
According to court papers, the two walked to the other side of the trail to an area that was very steep and proceeded down the rocks. Graham told investigators that their argument intensified, and at one point she turned and began to walk away.
She stated Johnson grabbed her by the arm. Graham then turned and removed Johnson's hand from her arm.
Court papers state that Graham told investigators that she could have 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."
Johnson's body was found on July 11 below the Loop area in Glacier National Park.
Prosecutors say that if Graham is charged with murder in the second degree, she faces the possibility of life in prison. If charged, she faces possible penalties of up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.