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Bride accused of shoving new husband off cliff

Posted at 11:23 AM, Sep 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-13 07:03:16-04

MISSOULA, Mont. (KPAX) - The woman suspected of killing her husband by pushing him off a cliff at Glacier National Park has been released from the Missoula jail.

Jordan Graham of Kalispell was ordered released on certain conditions from custody and on her own recognizance late Thursday afternoon.

According to jail records, she is no longer being held. Graham was in the Missoula County Detention Center, charged with second degree murder for pushing her husband Cody Johnson off a cliff to his death in Glacier National Park in July.

Graham was in Missoula Federal Court on Wednesday, seeking her release. Attorneys from both sides argued in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch. While prosecutors said Graham wasn't a flight risk, they argued because of the severity of the crime, and because she lied to investigators, she should be held.

In his ruling, Judge Lynch said that because "the Government concedes that Graham does not pose a risk of flight, and has not met its burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence, that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the safety of the community, the Court concludes that Graham must be released."

Judge Lynch also said in his order that Graham wasn't interviewed by law enforcement until many days after the incident, indicating that Graham is not a threat to others. Lynch also mentioned that Graham has strong family ties in Kalispell, has no criminal or drug abuse history, or history of violence or anger.

The conditions of Grahams release were as follows:

- Ordered to home detention at her mother's home in Kalispell. Graham is restricted to the residence at all times except for religious services, medical, substance abuse and mental health treatment, attorney visits, court appearances, court ordered obligations. All other activities must be preapproved in writing by the pretrial officer.

- Graham must undergo mental health evaluation and complete any recommended treatment as directed by the pretrial officer and take any mental health medications as prescribed.

- She is required to wear radio frequency monitoring.

- She must avoid contact with alleged victims, potential witnesses and/or codefendants.