Jordan Graham's Brother: 'She Could Have Just Told Us the Truth'

The stepbrother of the woman accused of killing her husband of eight days broke down on the stand.
3:00 | 12/11/13

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the murder trial out of montana. Jordan graham, accused of pushing her husband off a cliff, eight days after getting married. Her brother took the stand for the prosecution. We're going to talk to dan and nancy about it. But first, abc's ryan owens has the story. End of a long day. We'll hit it again tomorrow. Reporter: For the first time, the jury saw jordan graham wipe away tears. And they were not for cody johnson. The husband she's accused of pushing off a cliff, face-first. What made the usually stoic newlywed cry? The sight of her 16-year-old stepbrother breaking down as he testified against her. His sister's attorney asked, are you mad at jordan? Not so much anymore. But at first, yes. Why? She could have just told us the truth. But she had to keep adding more lies to cover up. The baby-faced michael rutledge told the jury how he helped his big sister search for cody johnson, even hanging up missing posters. All while jordan graham knew exactly where her husband was, at the bottom of that cliff in montana's glacier national park. The teenager was with his sister that july night when she finally pointed to the body. I lost it. I couldn't control my emotions, rutledge told the jury. Cody was laying face-down. Looked as if he was on top of a rock in the water. A parade of the young couple's friends testified, his sister's reaction was just the opposite. She didn't seem the least bit upset. Prosecutors played several hours of two different interviews graham gave to detectives, days after the crime. They, too, asked why she was so unemotional. Graham simply replied, I don't like to cry in front of people. Graham has pleaded not guilty and claims the death of her husband of eight days was just an accident. The park ranger testified, he asked jordan graham how she knew where to find her husband's body. He told the jury, she calmly responded, it was a place he wanted to see before he died. Prosecutors have been fighting hard to show this jury a piece of cloth they found in the water near johnson's body. They think it was a blindfold put on him before he was pushed. The judge has only let them show pictures of that blindfold, not the blindfold itself. And, george, he will not, at this point, let the prosecutors use that loaded word, blindfold.

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