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Graham Pleads Not Guilty

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Jordan Graham appeared calm as she entered the courthouse alone today.

She was later joined in the courtroom by her mother. She maintained her reserve when Judge Jeremiah Lynch asked her if she understood the charges against her, calmly answering,
"Yes sir." Her attorney, Matthew Donahoe, then entered the young woman's not guilty pleas to all three charges. 

The indictment shows Graham's first degree murder charge means the alleged incident in Glacier National Park was premeditated. Graham faces life in prison for the first and second degree murder charges, and up to five years for giving a false statement to park officials. 

Documents show that Graham made a false statement when she told officials her husband, 25-year-old Cody Johnson, disappeared after his "car buddies from Washington probably came and got him." Johnson disappeared on July 7, and his body was recovered in Glacier National Park five days later.

Document show on July 16, Graham admitted to officials that she'd pushed Johnson off a cliff after an argument. Later in court proceedings, it was revealed Graham, her mother, and brother did not immediately report finding Johnson's body, and that Graham tried to cover up the crime by making a fake email account and ending email supporting her initial story about his disappearance.  

Today's arraignment was Graham's first court appearance since September 13, when a judge determined she could remain in the custody of her parents on house arrest in Kalispell.

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