Jordan Linn Graham, the 22-year-old Kalispell woman accused of pushing her husband off a cliff, took the stand for the first time in District Court in Missoula Friday, where she admitted to attorneys she did push her husband from the cliff.
Graham said it was "instinct" to push Johnson who had grabbed her arm.
"If someone grabs me, I'm going to push... push to get off me," Graham said, even repeating the motion of the push.
Graham was called as a witness by her defense team lead by Michael Donahoe, to try to strengthen their argument that the first degree murder charge against Graham should be dropped-- one of several motions both prosecutors and defenders are making arguments for in a pre-trial status conference in front of Judge Molloy.
Graham's attorneys argue the first degree murder charge should be dropped since FBI Agent Stacey Smiedala failed to record the interview before Graham's two recorded statements.
Agent Smiedala took the stand before Graham to explain how FBI policy prohibits recording a pre-polygraph test interview and after Graham gave admitted she pushed Johnson, he summoned Kalispell Detective Melissa Smith to begin recording Graham's statement.
Court recessed around 12 p.m. and will resume at 1:30 p.m. where other arguments, such as what evidence deadlines are allowed and the prosecution's motion to push the trial to February, will be discussed in front of the judge.