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Newlywed Murder Trial Continues

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MISSOULA -

It was an emotional day in Missoula Federal Court as family, friends and law enforcement took the witness stand in day two of the Jordan Graham trial.

KULR-8's Jackie Coffin reports on the latest developments.

Some had known her for years. Others for a few short months and some had never heard of her at all.

US District Attorneys called twelve witnesses today to describe how they knew Jordan Graham -- a Kalispell woman on trial for the murder of her husband 25-year-old Cody Johnson.

Day two of the trial resumed this morning with the testimony of Kimberly Martinez -- Graham's matron-of-honor and confidant who gave a deeper description of the turmoil Graham was experiencing in her new marriage to Johnson.

After Martinez stepped down Graham's 16-year-old brother Michael Rutledge took the stand for the prosecution, describing his relationship with his sister and her husband.

Rutledge said he initially believed the story Graham told friends-- family and law enforcement about Johnson's disappearance saying he left with friends for a late night joy ride.

Later in the course of events, Rutledge helped Graham find Johnson's body in glacier national park.

When asked by defense attorneys if he was mad at his sister, Rutledge and Graham both began to cry when he said he was initially angry with her.

17-year-old Nikki Blake was called to read transcripts of text messages she and Graham exchanged a few hours after Johnson's death talking about their excitement for an upcoming church party and who had the better dance moves.

Blake, who worked with Graham, told the court she overheard Graham talking to her brother shortly after Johnson disappeared about how long a body could float in a pool of water.

Kalispell detectives and sergeants introduced lengthy video recordings of Graham telling them false stories of Johnson's disappearance-- that out of town friends picked up Johnson and vanished.

Through statements to police and a false email account she created-- Graham tried to tie two of Johnson's Kalispell friends to his disappearance.

The recording shows Graham claiming she tried to file a missing persons report for her husband... but the officer Graham said she talked to, took the stand to say she had never seen nor heard of Graham.

Later three of Graham's close friends Amy Hess, Hannah Sherrill and Cecilia Lewellen testified about how they helped Graham look for Johnson and were present when she discovered his body at the bottom of a ravine in Glacier Park.

While the women said they were very upset, they remember Graham being emotionless, calm, and talking about how now, then police would leave her alone.

So far prosecutors have called 12 of 39 witnesses and defense attorneys will begin calling their witnesses later this week.

Court resumes early on Wednesday. Judge Donald Molloy says the trial will be over Friday.