Newlywed: Plea Deal Saves Her From 1st Degree Murder Charge

    December 12, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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The newlywed accused of pushing her husband of one week off a cliff has made a plea bargain with prosecutors in which she will plead guilty to second-degree murder.

21-year old Jordan Linn Graham initially told police that her husband, Cody Johnson, had disappeared and thought he might have gone to Glacier National Park in Montana. However, authorities already had a surveillance video of the couple entering the park together in July, 8 days after their wedding, and Graham confessed that his body was there.

Graham’s attorneys said that Johnson’s death was the result of an argument and was accidental, and that Graham lied about his whereabouts because she was afraid she wouldn’t get to tell her side of the story. According to an affidavit, Graham said she had pushed Johnson after he grabbed her.

“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 the affidavit. “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.”

Graham allegedly texted a friend before her trip with Johnson to the park, saying she was having second thoughts about their relationship and that they were going there to talk.

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  • People Think

    I work in a courtroom. I hate plea deals. Here is the reality to pleas:

    In high profile cases, where a person is obviously guilty, pleas let people escape punishment.

    In low profile cases that no one hears about, pleas are forced by district attorneys. There are more innocent people in our prisons than you can imagine because DAs threaten defendants with crazy sentences then offer pleas.

    In America, justice is really dead. I hate to tell people. The right people don’t go to prison. The poor do. We could literally release half the people in our prisons and society would not be made less safe. That is how bad it is. Lots of innocent people in our prisons.