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Nov 15, 2013 1:40 PM by Dennis Bragg - KPAX News

Kalispell bride accused of murder appears in court

MISSOULA - The woman who is accused of pushing her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park says she was "uncomfortable" during her first interview with a FBI agent last summer, as she told her story for the first time.

Jordan Graham is accused of pushing her husband of eight-days, Cody Johnson, to his death off The Loop Trail last July. She's been charged with First Degree Murder and lying to authorities.

Graham took the stand in an unusal move on Friday morning as attorneys debate several motions - including a request to dismiss the First Degree Murder charge entirely.

Her testimony was limited by court rules, but she told her version of how she was given her first interview by the FBI, two months before being charged with Johnson's death.

The process of that interview is in question because defense attorneys say the agent didn't interview Graham's first admission of Johnson's fatal fall.

Graham relayed how she felt "uncomfortable" when the agent touched her knee, but admitted feeling better for having told the complete story during the two hour interview.

That interview included a moment when the FBI agent showed her a surveillance photo of the couple's car entering the park entrance at West Glacier the night Johnson died.

Little was said about the confrontation on the cliff, although Graham repeated how she told the FBI agent Johnson had grabbed her arm during their argument and her "instinct was to push to get him off."

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