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"Blindfold Theory" Introduced in Jordan Graham Murder Trial

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As Day 3 in the trial of a Kalispell woman, accused of pushing her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park, gets underway in federal court in Missoula, U.S. District Attorneys introduce witnesses and evidence to suggest that Jordan Linn Graham allegedly blindfolded Cody Lee Johnson before he fell to his death.

Prosecutors called the Deputy Coroner from the Flathead County Sheriff's Department, Richard Sine, to the witness stand on Wednesday morning. Using photographs presented by the prosecution, Sine described pieces of clothing as found on Johnson's body when it was located by National Park Service investigators and Flathead County law enforcement on July 12. The prosecution also introduced a black piece of cloth, the apparent blindfold. According to Sine's testimony, the black cloth was found closer to Johnson's body than one of his shoes.

The second witness to take the stand in the morning was Graham's step-father, Steve Rutledge. When interviewed by prosecutors, Rutledge discussed an early morning conversation he had with Johnson at church on the day of his death, July 7. Rutledge said that he and Johnson initially had plans to go kayaking that day, but Johnson told Rutledge that he could not go because Graham had a "surprise" for him. Rutledge added that when he saw Johnson at the evening church service, he asked him what the "surprise" was from Graham and Johnson told him that he didn't know, that it hadn't happened yet.

Graham, 22, is charged with first degree murder, second degree murder and making a false statement in the death of Johnson, 25. She pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The prosecution is expected to call 39 witnesses and introduce 99 pieces of evidence in the five-day trial. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, who is presiding over the case, said that the trial will conclude on Friday.

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