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Bride says fatal push was instinct

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Jordan Linn Graham, center, leaves the federal courthouse, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 in Missoula, Mont. Graham, a newlywed bride accused of pushing her husband off a cliff to his death in Glacier National Park after having second thoughts about her marriage pleaded not guilty to murder charges Friday. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Michael Gallacher) TV OUT; MAGS OUT

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By The Associated Press
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 7:24 p.m.
 

MISSOULA, Mont. — A federal judge has rejected a request to dismiss a murder indictment against a Montana woman accused of pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy rejected prosecutors' request Friday to delay the Dec. 9 trial of 22-year-old Jordan Graham.

Graham testified on Friday that she instinctively pushed him away when he grabbed her arm during an argument in Glacier National Park.

She said that an FBI agent who interviewed her about Cody Johnson's death made her uncomfortable by placing his hand on her knee.

Graham, 22, testified in U.S. District Court in Missoula in a hearing on her request to drop the murder charges filed against her in the July 7death of the 25-year-old Johnson.

Graham and Johnson had been married for eight days when they argued over her doubts about the marriage, prosecutors said. The couple took the argument to Glacier National Park, where Johnson at one point grabbed Graham, and Graham removed his arm and pushed him in the back and off a steep cliff, according to the criminal complaint.

Graham has pleaded not guilty, and said she was only attempting to remove Johnson's arm — not push him.

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