Newlywed admits to pushing husband off cliff

Newlywed admits to pushing husband off cliff
Jordan Linn Graham and husband Cody Lee Johnson.

UNITED STATES - A woman in the US has been charged with murder after allegedly pushing her husband off a cliff, barely a week after they married, according to court documents published on Tuesday.

Jordan Linn Graham appeared in a Montana court on Monday accused of second-degree murder over the death of husband Cody Lee Johnson on July 7 in Glacier National Park, where they had gone hiking.

The 22-year-old initially told police her husband, 25, had gone missing after telling her he was going for a drive with a friend.

Later, she admitted that she had lied and described how a cliff-top row had turned tragic.

A police affidavit published by the Missoulian newspaper said: "Graham stated their argument intensified. At one point in time during their arguing, Graham turned and began to walk away.

"She stated Johnson grabbed her by the arm.

"After removing Johnson's hand from her arm, 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."

Mr Johnson's body was found on July 12 below The Loop, a well-known lookout area in the Montana park.

An autopsy on July 19 concluded that the fatal injuries were consistent with a fall from a cliff.

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