updated 12/08/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/09/2013 AT 7:30 AM ET
As her newlywed husband Cody Johnson lay face down at the bottom of a cliff on the night of July 7, Jordan Graham fired off a flurry of text messages to her friends, discussing her dance moves and planting fake stories to explain Johnson’s disappearance, federal prosecutors say in pretrial briefs.
Although there were no eyewitnesses to Johnson’s tragic fall at Glacier National Park, prosecutors say those text messages, along with testimony from friends and fellow churchgoers about Graham’s behavior before and after the tragedy, will help prove first-degree murder to the federal jury to be impaneled Monday morning in Missoula, Mont.
Graham, 22, “engaged in a nine-day campaign to hide her crime from friends, family and law enforcement,” wrote the prosecutors, adding that Graham, “lied to Glacier National Park law enforcement and every other law enforcement agency she encountered in order to hide her crime.”
Graham’s attorneys may write off her failure to report her husband’s death, or to seem like a grieving widow, as by-products of a quirky personality. Her defense attorneys write in their 12-page pretrial brief that Graham was “naive, immature, socially inept, shy, quiet and unable to relate well to adults.”
“Witnesses will talk about taking Jordan with them on out of town trips and how their friends wondered aloud what was wrong with her. She wouldn’t talk,” the defense motion says.