A Kalispell newlywed accused of pushing her husband to his death in Glacier National Park made comments a month prior to their wedding that she could kill her parents, according to court documents.
The allegation was in one of several notices prosecutors filed this week in U.S. District Court in Missoula in advance of a trial set to begin Dec. 9.
Jordan Linn Graham, 22, faces charges of first-degree murder, a lesser included charge of second-degree murder and a charge of making a false statement to law enforcement in the July 7 death of her husband of eight days, 25-year-old Cody Lee Johnson.
Graham did not deny pushing Johnson during an argument near The Loop area of the park when she testified during a court hearing earlier this month. However, she said her actions were “instinct” – and her lawyers have repeatedly said they were made in self-defense.
Prosecutors maintain that Graham pushed Johnson in the back and to his death, and say in the recent documents that Graham’s statements about killing her mother and stepfather “should be admitted to negate innocent intent and demonstrate the likelihood that the defendant did an act with the requisite intent in the charged case.”
They also contend Graham fabricated allegations of abuse from previous relationships.
“Presumably, her claims of self-defense revolve around allegations that Mr. Johnson had held her down for the purposes of talking, a position she has already advanced,” the documents read.
“Evidence that the defendant has fabricated allegations of abuse from previous relationships is highly relevant and probative as to her state of mind and credibility in the instant case,” they continue.
Prosecutors also gave notice that they plan to call an FBI physical scientist forensic examiner from Quantico, Va., to testify about a piece of cloth found in a creek near the crime scene.
Trace evidence and six human hairs were found embedded in the cloth, which has been referred to as a blindfold.
As of close of court Wednesday, no additional documents had been filed.
Graham remains under electronic monitoring and house arrest at her parents’ home in Kalispell pending trial.