Transcript for Mother of Man Pushed Off Cliff Gives Emotional Testimony
Let's get right to the emotion testimony in the so-called newlywed murder trial. Jordan graham accused of pushing her husband off a cliff just eight days after getting married. Her mother-in-law taking the stand with dramatic testimony. Abc's ryan owens has the latest from missoula, montana. Good morning, ryan. Reporter: Good morning to you, robin. The prosecution may rest by the end of today. They're almost done with witnesses. They got through 18 of them on wednesday, including the victim's mother. From day one, this trial has been all about newlywed jordan graham. Why did the young bride push her husband off that cliff? Why did she lie about it? On wednesday, prosecutors shifted the focus to her husband. 25-year-old cody johnson. His mother, sherri, told the jury how excited her only child was for his weddi day. He told me it was the best day of his life. Starting a family. I always wanted to be a grandma. She sobbed on the stand. And several jurors looked at jordan graham, who sat expressionless. Prosecutors say eight days after that wedding, she shoved her husband off a cliff at montana's glacier national park, because she regretted getting married. His mom recounted at a memorial service for her son, she tried to comfort the woman charged with her murder. I put my arm around her and said everything will be okay. She testified her daughter-in-law didn't say a word. The jury also heard from cody johnson's boss and best friend. He testified he was so worried jordan had done something to cody, he broke into the couple's house, looking for signs of foul play. Cameron frederickson told us a couple months ago about his early suspicion. Almost positive that jordan had done something or somehow or someway, was a part of what happened to cody. Reporter: The jury also heard the voice of jordan graham, who has pleaded not guilty. And said she pushed her husband on accident, after he grabbed her arm. Prosecutors played audiotapes from interviews she gave the fbi. In them, she confessed, I pushed and he went over. And then, I took off. Then added, I 100% did not do that on purpose. Once the prosecution rests, it's the defense's turn. And the big question for them, will jordan graham testify? Most people think that's unlikely, especially since the jury just heard her story in her own words. Robin? We're going to get to that. We're going to bring in our chief abc legal affairs anchor, dan abrams. Let me ask you about the testimony of the victim's mother on the stand? She's offering similar testimony as the other witnesses. She lying afterwards. She's not coming clean. She's not telling people, i pushed him off the cliff. The difference is, coming from his mother, it is that much more emotional. So, in terms of substance, what she's offering isn't that significant. In terms of emotion, incredibly powerful. Puts a face to it. It really does. You heard what ryan was saying at the end of his report, about jordan graham. The jury did hear from her yesterday. Do you think she'll take the stand? This could be the reason she doesn't take the stand. In this recorded statement, if you believe her, she didn't commit murder. She's saying, I didn't do it on purpose. It was self-defense. There's inconsistencies in the account and there's problems with it, et cetera. But you could make a very good argument that a lawyer would say, I'm not going to risk putting my client on the stand. The jury's already heard from her in the form of a recorded statement. They know she's saying this is an accident. And when the prosecution has the burden of proof the way they do in this case, the defense attorney could decide it's too risky to put her on the stand at this point. The judge is moving this case along. We've heard from 31 witnesses. And the case could be done by friday. And when the defense says they have half a day of testimony, that gives you an indication that maybe they're not going to call her. We have an update on the
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