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Graham, Brother Break Down as Murder Trial Continues

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It was an emotional morning in Missoula Federal Court as family, friends and law enforcement took the witness stand in day two of the Jordan Graham trial.

Jordan Linn Graham, 22, is charged with first degree murder, second degree murder and making a false statement in the July 7 death of Cody Lee Johnson, 25.

The first person to resume the witness stand, after undergoing questioning on Monday, was Graham's matron-of-honor at her wedding with Johnson. Kimberly Martinez described for the jury events that proceeded and followed Johnson's death on July 7, highlighting the turbulence in the couple's relationship.

Michael Rutledge, who is Graham's 16-year-old brother, was next to take the witness stand. He told the courtroom that he had a very good relationship with Johnson before his death. Rutledge, who was with Graham and her mother on July 11, described the events that unfolded when they located Johnson's body below a popular viewpoint on Going-to-the-Sun Road called "The Loop."

Rutledge's testimony took an emotional turn when he broke down into tears, after prosecutors asked if he "was mad at Graham." Graham, in turn, also started crying in the courtroom. Rutledge said that he used to be mad at his sister because of the lies she told surrounding Johnson's death, but added that he is not mad at her anymore.

Prosecutors called Nikki Blake, 17, to the witness stand afterward, who was a good friend of Graham's. Prior to being questioned by both prosecuting and defense attorneys, Blake read a text message conversation she had with Graham on the night that Johnson died. The two women talked about who was a better dancer, as they were preparing to go to a luau party in the coming days. Prosecutors pointed out to the jury that this conversation took place on the night of Johnson's death, after he had already died, and there was no mention of Johnson.

In one of several pieces of evidence introduced to the jury, U.S. District Attorneys played an audio recording of Graham's story she told to a Kalispell Police Department detective several days after Johnson's alleged disappearance. He was reported missing by co-workers on the morning of Monday, July 8, when he did not show up for work.

The prosecution is expected to call 39 witnesses and introduce 99 pieces of evidence in the five-day trial. It is expected to conclude on Friday.

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