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New documents filed in Kalispell newlywed case

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Nov 16 2013 08:57:02 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 16 2013 10:07:58 PM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

On Friday several new documents were filed in federal court showing a progression toward a trial in the case of a Kalispell newlywed accused of murder. Prosecutors allege 21-year old Jordan Linn Graham murdered her husband, 25-year old Cody Johnson back in July by pushing him off a cliff at Glacier National Park, then lying to authorities about his disappearance. She pleaded not guilty to first and second degree murder as well as a third charge for allegedly lying to investigators.

Graham’s attorney, Michael Donahoe, has claimed that the incident was an accident. He also alleges that FBI Agent Stacey Smiedala questioned Graham unrecorded and alone so he could shape her statement. On Friday, US District Court Judge Donald Molloy filed a motion ordering federal prosecutors to look at the agent’s personnel files, and report back with relevant information, including info that indicates his capacity for honesty, and training background. Smiedala testified in court Friday that his procedure was compliant and proper.

Two documents sourced to the day Graham reportedly admitted to Smiedala she pushed her husband off the cliff were also filed. One of the documents is a FBI advice of rights form, which includes advice to Graham that she has the right to remain silent and right to have a lawyer during questioning. Also filed is a pre-test form that includes self-reported biographical information from Graham.

According to the document, Graham stated that she slept 9 hours in the 24 hours prior to her reported confession, and was in good health with no alcohol use and medication consumption prior. She also reported that her most recent employment was as a nanny, and she possesses a high school diploma and attended Flathead Valley Community College for two years.

Also filed is a photograph allegedly showing Graham and Johnson in a vehicle at Glacier National Park the day Cody died. Smiedala testified in court Friday that Graham signed and dated the photo after he showed it to her the day she allegedly confessed.

Jordan Graham’s trial is still, at this time, scheduled for December 9. Judge Molloy denied a motion on Friday to have her case dismissed.

To see the documents, click here.