Posted: Oct 4, 2013 4:14 PM by MTN News
MISSOULA - The Kalispell woman who is accused of pushing her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in a Missoula courtroom.
Jordan Graham is accused of pushing her husband of eight days, Cody Johnson, off of a cliff at Glacier National Park on July 7. She will remain under house arrest in Kalispell.
A grand jury handed down an indictment late Thursday afternoon, charging Graham with first degree murder, second degree murder and for making a false statement.
Dressed casually in black pants and a dark pull over jacket, Graham answered to the charges before Judge Jeremiah Lynch on Friday afternoon, answering in an even, unbroken voice.
Lynch told Graham she faces a mandatory charge of up to life in prison if convicted on either of the murder charges.
No trial date was announced at this point, but a pre-trial conference was scheduled for Oct. 15.
Prosecutors said they still thought Graham should remain in custody, but said they would respect the court's earlier ruling that she could remain free under house arrest for the time being.
Johnson died in Glacier National Park on July 13 after Graham told authorities she was arguing with him, and pushed him off the cliff.
The alleged incident happened in July, but Graham remained a free woman until September when she was taken into custody, detained - and then later placed under house arrest.
We'll have more on this developing story as information becomes available.
- information from Dennis Bragg included in this report.