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No Verdict On Jordan Graham Jailing

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MISSOULA -

New developments in a story gaining national attention.

It's the story of a Kalispell bride accused of murdering her new husband by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park.

Jordan Linn Graham appeared in federal court in Missoula Wednesday to determine if she needs to stay behind bars or if she will be released while she awaits her arraignment.

Graham appeared stone-faced in court, but broke into tears briefly when she first made eye contact with her family and her mother in the stands behind her.

FBI Special Agent Steven Liss released a new piece of evidence in the case when he took the stand.

He says investigators found what they calls a 'fake email' from a man named 'Tony' backing up Graham's initial story: that Johnson fell while hiking with mysterious friends.

Liss told the judge the email was sent from a Gmail account created just days after Johnson was reported missing. He said the IP address for the account traces back to Graham's parents' house.

U.S. Assistant Attorneys Zeno Baucus and Kris McLean say Graham should stay in jail because of her history of lying to law enforcement and changing her story.

They also say Graham mostly poses a risk to herself, having said to friends before her husband's death that she was having second thoughts about her marriage, was under emotional stress and even considered killing herself.

But, Defense Attorney Michael Donahoe says the 22-year-old is not a threat to the community as she has no criminal background, history of violence, or even angry outbursts.

Donahoe said the fact that the FBI did not elect to arrest Graham until almost two months after she allegedly told officers she shoved her husband of a cliff proves they did not consider her dangerous either.

Liss says the FBI waited to arrest her until they had additional evidence including the ip address of the Gmail account.

Graham's mother, Lindel Rutledge, said she would look after Graham if she is released.

Her mother also admitted that she and her son were both at the top of the cliff when Graham found her husband's dead body.

Graham has not actually been charged with second-degree murder but was arrested on a complaint.

Judge Lynch says he will make a decision by Thursday afternoon.

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