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Bride accused in husband’s death pleads not guilty

October 4, 2013

HELENA, Montana (AP) — A newlywed bride accused of pushing her husband off a cliff to his death in Glacier National Park after having second thoughts about her marriage has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Jordan Linn Graham appeared Friday in court on a new federal grand jury indictment charging her with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and making a false statement about the death of Cody Lee Johnson.

Her attorney, Michael Donahoe, entered not guilty pleas on Graham’s behalf.

Donahoe said last month that Graham was acting in self-defense and Johnson’s death was an accident.

The couple had been married for eight days when Johnson disappeared July 7.

Graham would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison if she’s convicted of first-degree murder.

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