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Tapes of Jordan Graham's Murder Confession Released

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Jordan Graham sits in Missoula County Jail, waiting to be sentenced for the murder of her husband 25-year-old Cody Johnson. But her story continues.

The interrogation tapes where Graham first admitted to pushing Johnson off a cliff in Glacier were released and for the first time we hear the crime from her own mouth.

"He kind of went to grab my arm and I said 'no I'm not going to let this happen to me and I pushed and he went over."

This was the first recorded statement of Graham's confession to killing Johnson, recorded by FBI Agent Stacey Smiedala and Kalispell Police Detective Melissa Smith on the evening of July 16, nine days after Graham pushed Johnson off a cliff in Glacier National Park in what she says was the heat of an argument.

Throughout the tapes Graham explains how the argument was born out of her unhappiness with her new marriage to Johnson, something she calls the "post-wedding blues."

"Like, I wasn't really happy like I thought every married person was that: they were always happy and excited they did what they did," Graham said.

This argument was happening, she says, as Johnson was leading her over a retaining wall on the Loop Trail, down some kind of steep unmarked trail to a small landing.

"He said he could do it with a blindfold on, but I just kept thinking how he was going to fall. Our augment was getting more heated and he grabbed my jacket, I knocked his arm off, pushed him and he fell and then I left."

But it's not the only version she told investigators. Days before she had very different versions of the truth.

On July 9, Graham was summoned to the Kalispell Police Station were she fed a false story of Johnson's disappearance to Kalispell Detective Cory Clark.

In a video played in court then released with the audio tapes, she tells Detective Clark how Cody got into a dark car with unknown friends and disappeared.

It wasn't until five days after Graham discovered Johnson's body at the bottom of the cliff that she admitted to pushing him.

"At that point couldn't you have just walked away" asked FBI Agent Smiedala.

"Yes, yes I could have. "

Graham ended up making a deal with U.S. district attornies and pleaded guilty to second degree murder on Thursday.

Prosecutors dropped a charge of first degree murder and making a false statement.

She will be sentenced in Missoula Federal Court on March 27.

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