Woman in newlywed murder case to plead guilty

MATT VOLZ, Associated Press
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Jordan Graham leaves the Federal Courthouse in Missoula, Mont., Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 after the first day of her murder trial. (AP Photo/Missoulian, Kurt Wilson)

Jordan Graham leaves the Federal Courthouse in Missoula, Mont., Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 after the first day of her murder trial. (AP Photo/Missoulian, Kurt Wilson)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A newlywed bride accused of deliberately pushing her husband to his death in Montana’s Glacier National Park has agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder.

News of the plea agreement for 22-year-old Jordan Graham came as a jury was set to hear closing arguments in her murder trial.

A judge is still deciding whether to accept the deal.

Under the plea agreement, prosecutors would drop charges of first-degree murder and making a false statement. Graham would face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

No sentencing date has been scheduled.

Prosecutors had alleged Graham was having second thoughts about her 8-day-old marriage to 25-year-old Cody Johnson when she lured him to a steep cliff in the park on July 7 and intentionally pushed him.

 

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