The prosecution rested, the defense started and finished their case, and then….a plea deal with Jordan Graham was struck. It was an interesting day in the courtroom, to say the least.
Just before closing arguments were due to start, Jordan decided to accept a guilty plea the prosecution had offered her. She agreed to plead guilty to the second degree murder with malice aforethought in the death of her husband, Cody Johnson. She is accused of pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park in July.
All other charges against her, including first degree murder and lying to investigators have been dropped in exchange for the plea.
After the judge accepted her plea in court, he asked Jordan if she could tell the story of what really happened the night Cody died.
“I was on the ledge with Cody. There was a heated argument and I had no consideration for our surroundings and I pushed…I ran back to the car and left.”
When asked why she lied about it, Jordan said she was scared and didn’t know what to do.
Prior to accepting the plea, the defense called 11 witnesses, including Linda Record, Jordan’s grandmother, who spoke about her granddaughter’s behavior at Cody’s funeral.
“She seemed very upset. She put her head on my shoulder and let me hold her.”
Right before they recessed for lunch, the defense showed video from Jordan and Cody’s June wedding, where they appeared on film to be a happy couple. Jordan wiped away tears as she watched their first dance together.
Cody’s family released a statement about the plea:
“The family is very thankful for the outcome. It’s been emotional.”
Jordan has been taken into custody, and her sentencing is scheduled for 9 AM on March 27, 2014. She is facing life in prison and a $250,000 fine, so she hasn’t necessarily gotten off any easier than she would have if she had been found guilty of first degree murder.
You can read all of my posts about Jordan’s case HERE.
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