Prosecutors in the Jordan Graham case breezed through 16 witnesses on Day 3, and played for the jury recordings of Jordan’s own words to FBI agents investigating Cody’s death. You can read my prior posts about this case HERE.
The majority of witnesses testified about the scene where Cody’s body was found. Prosecutors submitted into evidence Cody’s clothes that he was wearing, including a bloody T-shirt.
Investigators who found Cody’s body described on the stand the injuries they saw, including an 8-inch gash on his forehead and cuts to his legs.
Jordan’s step father, Steve Rutledge, testified about the last conversation he had with Cody, on the day he died. He had asked Cody that day if he and Jordan had any plans. Cody said that Jordan had told him she had a “surprise” for him later. That evening, Steve asked Cody if he had received the surprise yet, and Cody said no.
Cody’s mom Sherry cried on the stand, as she talked about Cody and Jordan’s wedding.
“It was the best day of his life…He was going to start a family… And I always wanted to be a grandmother. He was excited about it too.”
At Cody’s funeral, Sherry said she tried to console Jordan.
“I put my arm around her and said everything will be OK…Cody’s with Jesus now.”
Sherry said Jordan just stayed quiet and didn’t respond.
Cody’s friend Cameron Fredrickson described Jordan’s behavior at a dinner after Cody’s funeral:
“She was laughing like nothing was wrong.”
Another one of Cody’s friends, Jacob Bell, talked about Jordan’s behavior at the funeral:
“She spent more time texting on her phone than paying attention.”
Flathead County deputy coroner Richard Sine took the witness stand and talked about the condition of Cody’s body after the fall, likening it to a car crash victim. He said Cody was not wearing his wedding ring and had an 8-inch gash on his forehead when he was found at the bottom of a ravine in Glacier National Park. Cody also had lacerations on his legs, in addition to the laceration on his forehead.
Sine also testified that Cody’s shoes were found some distance from his body, and a black cloth was also found near the body.
Jordan’s own words were played back for her when the prosecutors played her recorded confession to the FBI, in which she says, “I pushed him and I took off.”
She tells the FBI agent that she was worried that they got married too young. She says she and Cody were having an argument and they decided to drive to the Glacier to discuss their issues. Cody grabbed her arm and she pushed it off and then pushed him.
“I just wanted him to get off me.”
The FBI agent asks if Cody ever assaulted her, and Jordan says he had held her down in the past, but that’s it.
During the recording, Jordan doesn’t show any emotion when talking about her husband’s death.
“I don’t feel like I killed him. I mean, I pushed him but it was an accident.”
Jordan also says in the recording that Cody was wearing his wedding ring when he fell. However, the coroner had testified earlier that he was not.
The FBI agent also asks about the “surprise” Jordan had for Cody. She says it was a BBQ to thank him for planning the wedding.
Testimony will resume Thursday.
– ‘I pushed him and took off’: Newlywed bride’s ‘confession’ to shoving husband of EIGHT days off a cliff is played in court as it’s revealed his body was found with an eight-inch gash on his forehead