Bride accused in husband's death pleads not guilty

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 3:24 pm | Updated: 12:15 pm, Mon Oct 7, 2013.

HELENA, Mont. (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 U.S. District Court in Missoula 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 Kalispell 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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