MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana coroner testified Wednesday that a man who authorities say was pushed off a cliff at Glacier National Park by his newlywed wife had an 8-inch fracture on his forehead and was not wearing a wedding ring when his body was found.
Flathead County deputy coroner Richard Sine took the witness stand at the trial of Jordan Graham, 22, who is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25.
Sine said Johnson also had lacerations on his legs when his body was found days after he was reported missing in July.
Authorities suspect Graham pushed Johnson off the cliff during an argument about her doubts over their 8-day-old marriage.
Graham has said she and Johnson argued in the park and he accidentally fell when she tried to remove his hand from her arm.
Sine also testified that Johnson's shoes were found some distance from his body.
Sherry Johnson testified that her son was excited to marry Graham. She also said she tried to console Graham during a prayer service after her son's death.
"I put my arm around her and said everything will be OK," Sherry Johnson said tearfully. "Cody's with Jesus now."
Graham didn't respond, Sherry Johnson testified.