Posted: Sep 10, 2013 7:55 AM by Tara Oster - MTN News
Updated: Sep 10, 2013 8:59 AM
KALISPELL - Jordan Linn Graham, 22, of Kalispell appeared in a Missoula federal courtroom Monday on a complaint alleging murder in the second degree in the death of her husband Cody Lee Johnson.
However, she has not been formally charged in the case. We spoke with a friend and co-worker about how he's processing news.
"There was this weird sense of relief because for the longest time there had been so many questions that we as friends - and I know family members had - that had not been answered yet," Maximino Rocha said.
He met Cody Johnson two years ago through mutual friends, and they worked closely together at the same company for the past year.
"He was the type of person that whatever was going on. He always made the best out of it, whether it was a bad time at work or just a so-so day. He was a really good guy that way," Rocha told us.
"But when he was missing we kind of all stopped our lives because we wanted to know what had happened, where he was at, if he was ok," he added.
Johnson and his wife Jordan Linn Graham had been married for about a week when he went missing. She later told investigators the pair were arguing when she pushed Johnson in the back causing him to fall face first off a cliff in Glacier National Park.
Prosecutors say if Graham is charged with murder in the second degree, she faces the possibility of life in prison. She is currently detained on special conditions.
Although many questions remain unanswered, Rocha says it's the start of some sort of closure. He says he'll remember the passion Johnson had for baseball, that he was a responsible person, and he'll remember his laugh.
"He had a contagious laugh that made everybody else around him laugh - mostly because his laugh was so ridiculous."
Rocha adds one thing he and Johnson talked openly about was their relationship with Jesus Christ, and Rocha says it added to his character.
"He knew that he wasn't a perfect person, but he knew that if he could pursue doing the right thing, even in the worst possible situation, that was far better than anything else to him."
Rocha says he prays that all the people affected by Johnson's death can now start finding some comfort.