Newlywed admits to pushing husband off cliff

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.

Married for 8 days

The couple had been married eight days before the fatal incident, reported the Missoulian.

A friend of the defendant, identified as KM in the police affidavit, told detectives that Graham had told her that she was having second thoughts about having got married, and planned to talk to her husband about it.

Shortly before 9pm on July 7, Graham had sent her friend a text message, saying: "Oh well, I'm about to talk to him."

"I'll pray for you guys," KM replied.

Graham texted back: "But dead serious if u don't hear from me at all again tonight, something happened."

Mr Johnson's family friend Tracey Maness told the Missoulian that "nobody is shocked at all" that Graham was suspected in her husband's murder.

"She'd been telling people she knew she never wanted to be married, she just wanted to have a wedding, and that's apparently what they were arguing about," she told the newspaper.

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