Jordan Graham pleaded guilty Thursday to the charge of second-degree murder for pushing her husband off of a cliff just eight days after their wedding.
The deal came in federal court in Missoula, Mont., at lunchtime Thursday, just before her jury was set to hear closing arguments in her murder trial.
She previously pleaded not guilty. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy accepted the surprise plea, but said that she first had to tell him the truth in court.
Graham said that she and Cody Johnson were on the Loop Trail in Glacier National Park July 7, arguing over what the defense called her "wedding blues."
When Johnson grabbed her arm, she said she brushed him away and pushed him, with that shove sending him over the edge of a cliff to his death.
"I ran back up to the car and left," Jordan Graham told the judge. "I was scared of what happened and in that moment I was so scared I didn't know what to do."