Graham had told Johnson before the wedding that she had a “surprise” planned for him later that day, Baucus wrote.
After she pushed him, she didn’t call police or seek any assistance. Instead, she began sending text messages to friends, planting stories about Johnson’s disappearance and talking about her dance moves, Baucus wrote.
Graham initially told investigators that Johnson had driven away with friends the night of July 7. Three days later, she led park rangers to his body so the search would be called off “and the cops will be out of it,” according to prosecutors’ court filings.
Her discovery of the body prompted investigators to call Graham back for further questioning under FBI investigator Stacey Smiedala on July 16. Graham agreed to be interviewed without a lawyer present and to take a polygraph test, though one was never administered, according to prosecutors.
Smiedala questioned Graham for about 1½ hours without recording the conversation, then recorded two shorter statements by her.
In the recorded portion, Graham said she and Johnson argued about whether they should have waited longer to get married, and they took that argument from their Kalispell home to Glacier park, according to a transcript.
Graham said Johnson grabbed her arm at one point. She said she knocked his arm off and pushed him in one motion, causing him to fall from a steep cliff near the Loop trail.
“I think I didn’t realize that one push would mean for sure you were over,” Graham said, according to the transcript.