Wife accused of pushing husband off cliff released from jail

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by CNN & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 2:22 PM

KALISPEL, Mont. -- A woman accused of pushing her newlywed husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park was released from jail.

A judge replaced Jordan Graham’s jail time with house arrest.  The judge said the prosecutors did not have a good enough reason why she needed to be held without a formal charge against her.  He added there was no way of knowing if the killing of Graham’s husband, Cody Johnson, was pre-meditated or even just an accident.

Graham was placed in the custody of her parents and was to be monitored 24 hours a day until her trial.  

According to a criminal complaint, Graham recently told a friend she was having second thoughts about marrying Cody L. Johnson. CNN affiliate KECI reported the couple had been married for just more than a week.

The complaint said the couple argued the night of July 7. Upset, they decided to go hiking in Glacier National Park in Flathead County, Montana, where they continued to fight.

Graham told police that her husband grabbed her by the arm. She turned and removed it.

“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,” the complaint read.

His body was discovered several days later.

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