Transcript for Newlywed Murder Trial: Bride Pleads Guilty
For newlyweds jordan graham and cody johnson, happily ever after lasted only eight days. Their marriage ended with johnson being pushed over the side of a cliff by his new bride. For the past four days she has been on trial for murder and all along her defense has been that this was simply an accident. Tonight though, a major new development. Here is abc's ryan owens. Newlywed jordan graham didn't say a word during her murder trial. Until today, when she said the one word that changed everything. Guilty of second degree murder. And that was it. The bizarre end to a twisted tale of young love and ultimate betrayal. Just eight days after their wedding, graham pusher 25-year-old husband off a cliff at montana's glacier national park. Prosecutors say she shoved him face first because she regretted marrying him. The surprise plea deal came near the end of a four-day trial. A trial that lasted half as long as her marriage. And just as jurors were about to listen to closing arguments, her defense attorneys say prosecutors offered the last minute deal to take first degree murder off the table. Are you satisfied it ended this way after all this? All I can say is, that the ultimate plea, it was entered was -- miss graham's choice. Reporter: Cody johnson's mother didn't react. But his ant spount spoke for the family. I want to say I am very thankful for the outcome of this case. It was very emotional. A long fall for us. I don't have anything to say, except we are thankful for the prosecuting team and hatch the outcome we have. Reporter: They're pleased, the judge made graham stand before him and swear to finally tell the truth about the murder. You have told different stories to different people. I am not accepting any more lies, judge donald malloy scolded. Jordan finally fessed up. It was definitely a reckless act and I just pushed. What was said that made you so angry? It wasn't anything that was said. He grabbed me. I pushed his hand off. And I pushed him away. Did you push with both hands? Yes. As jordan graham was led away in handcuffs she better hope those answers satisfied the judge. Her sentence 'tistence is up to him and the newlywed faces maximum life in prison. Ryan owens for "nightl Announcer: Get ready,
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