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Jury selection begins in newlywed killing case

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Jury selection begins in newlywed killing case

CREATED Dec 9, 2013

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Jury selection is underway in the murder trial of a newlywed bride accused of pushing her husband from a cliff in Glacier National Park just days after their wedding.

Jordan Graham has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and making a false statement to authorities in the death of Cody Johnson.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said Monday he hoped to get the trial to the jury within the next five days.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Graham and the 25-year-old Johnson had been married for eight days when they argued over her doubts about the marriage.

Federal prosecutors will attempt to convince jurors that Graham deliberately pushed Johnson to his death, while Graham's lawyers will ask jurors to believe that she was only trying to remove his hand from her arm when he fell.