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Jordan Graham Pleads Guilty to 2nd Degree Murder

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Today there was an interesting turn of events in the Jordan Graham trial, after being under a plea agreement the twenty two-year-old woman pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

Prosecutors dropped their charge of first degree murder.  That would mean that graham intentionally set out to kill her husband.  Second degree murder allows the stance that she may have killed Cody Johnson by accident.

Family and friends of Johnson and Graham broke into tears today when they heard Graham plead guilty to second degree murder.

Standing stone faced in front of Judge Donald Molloy, Graham said she showed recklessness and an extreme disregard for human life in the death of her husband.  In exchange for pleading guilty to second degree murder, U.S. District Attorneys dropped charges of first degree murder and making a false statement.

The twelve jurors and two alternates who listened to four days of testimony, were ultimately not involved in deciding Graham's fate.

Many of Graham's and Johnson's family members and friends broke into tears when Judge Malloy made Jordan acknowledge she could spend the rest of her life in prison. Graham again showed no signs of emotion.

The plea deal between Graham's defense team and came after a few short hours of additional testimony before both parties rested their case this morning.

Day four of Graham's murder trial started with the prosecution resting and less than two hours of defense attorneys presenting witnesses and evidence on her behalf before they rested as well.

Most of the defense's evidence and witnesses countered key arguments the prosecution was using to try and prove Graham had planned the murder of her husband, committing first degree murder.

Many of the witnesses including Graham's Grandmother, Linda Rickford, testified Graham was happy at her wedding and remorseful at her husband's funeral.  Jordan even broke into tears after watching video of her wedding vows.

Her mother, Lindi Rutledge, testified she gave her daughter the $3,000 in cash she deposited on the day of Johnson's death to pay of a wedding loan.

Johnson's family released a statement following the trial saying they were satisfied with the ruling.

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