A newly married bride has been accused of pushing her husband to his death off a cliff in Glacier National Park.
Jordan Linn Graham, 22, of Kalispell, Montana, faces a possible charge of second-degree murder. On Monday she made her initial appearance in federal court on a complaint alleging her role in the death of Cody Lee Johnson this past July.
FBI agents allege that the young woman, married just eight days to Cody Lee Johnson, pushed him off a cliff above "The Loop" in the park during an argument the evening of July 7. On July 11 the woman reported discovering her husband's body in the park, and the next morning rangers found the 25-year-old's body, according to court filings.
An affidavit submitted by FBI Special Agent Steven Liss said the couple had driven up to The Loop, a sharp curve on the Going-to-the-Sun Road above Lake McDonald Lodge, where they engaged in an argument.
"Once there, they walked on The Loop hiking trail for a while and were arguing. They then walked to the other side of the trail to an area that was very steep and proceeded down the rocks near a stump," the special agent wrote. "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. Graham turned and removed Johnson's hand from her arm.
"After removing Johnson's hand from her arm, 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."
According to the affadavit, Ms. Graham had been having second thoughts about being married.
If charged with second-degree murder and convicted, the woman faces the possibility of life in prison.