Prosecutors Granted More Time to Respond to Graham Appeal

Lawyers for Jordan Graham seeking for her to be tried for manslaughter

By Dillon Tabish

MISSOULA — Federal prosecutors have been granted more time to file a response to a Kalispell woman’s lengthy appeal of her conviction for killing her new husband by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park.

Prosecutors had sought more time after public defender Michael Donahoe last month filed a 3,000-page appeal that argued prosecutors distorted and withheld evidence in order to convince jurors that Jordan Graham had planned on killing Cody Lee Johnson on July 7, 2013. She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder before closing arguments during her December 2013 trial.

The appeal asks that Graham’s conviction be overturned and she be tried for manslaughter.

Earlier this week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave prosecutors until Jan. 28 to file an answer.