Supreme Court Rejects Request to Review Glacier Park Murder Case

The high court on Monday denied Jordan Graham's appeal to review conviction in 2013 murder

By Beacon Staff
During her 2013 murder trial, Jordan Graham leaves the Federal Courthouse in Missoula. - Beacon file photo

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to review the case a Kalispell woman convicted of killing her husband in Glacier National Park.

The high court on Monday published its list of petitions seeking review and included the case of Jordan Linn Graham among its denials.

On May 5, an attorney for Graham filed a writ of certiorari with the high court seeking a review of her 2013 conviction. Graham’s previous appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was denied.

In July 2013, Graham pushed her husband of seven days, Cody Lee Johnson, off a cliff near Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier Park. Graham initially tried to cover up the death, telling friends and family that the couple had gotten into a fight and he left her.

Graham was later charged with first- and second-degree murder and making false statements to law enforcement. On the fourth day of her trial in December 2013, Graham agreed to a deal and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. In March 2014, she was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Soon after her sentencing, Federal Public Defender Michael Donahoe filed an appeal arguing that Graham’s sentence was extreme.

Graham remains incarcerated at a federal prison in Alabama.

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