Montana Woman Accused of Pushing Newlywed Husband Off Cliff Begins Trial (VIDEO)
By Maxine Wally | Dec 09, 2013 11:30 AM EST
The Montana newlywed who allegedly pushed her husband of eight days off a cliff in Glacier National Park will go to trial on Monday.
The prosecution contended that 21-year-old Jordan Linn Graham shoved Cody Johnson, 25, off the side of a cliff on July 7. But Graham and her defense team maintained that she acted in self-defense, after her new husband "tried to grab my arm and my jacket" during an argument that ultimately led to Johnson's death.
The U.S. District Court in Missoula, Mont. will start by choosing members of the jury on Monday, according to CNN.
Graham testified during her pre-trial hearing on November 15 that she'd gotten into an argument with the deceased.
"We went on a little stump part and we were in the middle of an argument and he thought I was going to run away," she stated during her initial court appearance. "Cody had grabbed me and I thought he was going to push me down. My first instinct was to get him off."
But according to the criminal complaint filed against her, an FBI interview revealed that "Graham stated she could have just walked away, but due to her anger, she pushed Johnsons with both ahands in the back and as a result, he fell face first off the cliff."
Graham's attorney Michael Donahoe stated that the FBI didn't record an hour and half's worth of interrogation during Graham's first round of questioning. They're requesting that the judge drop the first degree murder charge due to the alleged misstep, and have also contended that investigators manipulated her comments.
DNA results from a piece of cloth found close to Johnson's remains have yet to be released which could prove the "blindfold theory," which states that Graham covered her husband's eyes with the material prior to shoving him over the edge of the cliff.
Graham, who worked as a part-time nanny, has received murder and false statements charges, according to CNN.