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ANDERSON COOPER 360 DEGREES
Missing Nevada Family Found Alive; Arctic Blast Chills the U.S.; Budget Deal Reached on Capitol Hill; Historic Handshake at Nelson Mandela's Memorial; NYPD Report Refutes Many Claims By Kenya Government On Mall Attack; Newlywed Death: Jurors Shown Bogus E-mails Graham Created After Johnson's Death; Hospital: Family "Doing Very Well" After Rescue From Nevada's Frigid Wilderness
Aired December 10, 2013 - 20:00 ET
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JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: What is their condition now?
STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What we are hearing is that the family is resting comfortably. There is no frostbite issues. Apparently the adults here did a good job of keeping these children warm. We hear that they were -- started a fire outside of the car and that they were warming rocks and bringing them into the car. All of them resting well right now here in this hospital in Pershing County.
BERMAN: And this was a huge rescue effort with several hundred volunteers involved, not to mention people in the air, as well. How exactly in the end were they found?
ELAM: It's pretty amazing how they were canvassing looking for this car. What actually at the end helped them out is the fact that they were able to look at cell phone forensics. Some specialists in this area were able to ping where they last got a signal from their phones and was able to then changed their search from air and from land about the same time they said they were able to spot the car and able to rescue this family after two days in this bitter, bitter cold out here in northwestern Nevada.
BERMAN: That is simply astounding.
Stephanie Elam, thank you so much.
Stephanie is at the site where we're expecting a news conference from doctors at the hospital where that family is. We will go back to that the second it happens to get the latest update on their condition.
In the meantime, I want to go next to one of the rescuers. Chris Montes who joins us by phone.
Chris, you were one of the first people to get to them. What kind of condition were they in when you first saw them?
CHRIS MONTES, RESCUED MISSING NEVADA FAMILY: Great. They were all in perfect condition.
BERMAN: Perfect condition. That must have been such a relief after this search that involved so many people for so long. Tell me about the kids ages 10, 4, 4 and 3. It must have been such an ordeal for them to go through this.
MONTES: They didn't seem too bothered.
They were in good spirits. They just figured they were camping.
BERMAN: And what did they all say when they first saw you?
MONTES: They just -- the littlest girl started telling me about a cartoon that she was watching the other day and the boys were just -- and asked me if I knew their mom and dad.
BERMAN: Obviously deeply concerned about the ordeal that they've been going through for awhile now. You do know this family, correct?
BERMAN: And did they know how to behave out in the outdoors, in the wilderness like this? Obviously it seems they did almost everything right out there.
MONTES: Yes, obviously, they knew what to do. They kept those kids safe for 48 hours in subzero temperatures.
BERMAN: When you reached them, were they hungry at all? I understand there was a candy bar that you had or your team had with you that was passed around to just everyone there.
MONTES: I gave the kids a granola bar. And they had food yesterday. They just ran out today.
BERMAN: When you were searching over the last day, how did you keep hope that you would find them? We've been talking about this since yesterday, the 21 degrees below zero out there. It seemed to so many people that the chances were -- for survival were so small. How did you maintain hope?
MONTES: Just really tight-knit community and everybody was involved and nobody was going to give up until they were found, period.
BERMAN: And that site, how far away were you when you first caught site of that vehicle which was overturned? We're looking at a picture of it right now. You know, it's just completely turned over.
MONTES: Well, we were probably about 500 yards from it.
BERMAN: And it looks -- I mean, honestly, you know, it looks like the type of thing there is no guarantee that people would survive a flip like that. When did you know? How soon after you first saw it did you know that all six of them were alive and OK?
MONTES: Not until I was probably 20 yards from them and I could actually see them all and count six of them moving around.
BERMAN: That must have been an incredible relief when you first had that vision.
MONTES: Yes, because I wasn't expecting the best.
BERMAN: In your community now, you say it is such a tight knit community and there were so many people involved with this search, you know, what now? A giant party indoors, perhaps?
BERMAN: All right. Chris Montes, thank you so much for being with us. Congratulations. We are so happy for you and everyone involved here that this ended the way it did. I appreciate it.
MONTES: Thank you.
BERMAN: Again, we're waiting to hear any minute now from the hospital where this family is recovering and by all indications, recovering well.
Surviving subzero temperatures in a wrecked car with young children and no indication how long you'll be stranded, this is a situation no one expects to find themselves in.
Here to talk about what this family did and what anyone can learn how to do if it comes to this, former Green Beret and Special Operations veteran and survival expert, Joseph Teti, co-star of Discovery Channel's "Dual Survival."
Joseph, it was 21 below zero, Sunday night into Monday morning. That seems like no margin for error.
JOSEPH TETI, CO-STAR, "DUAL SURVIVAL": You're absolutely right. One of the things about a winter survival situation is that Mother Nature will not allow you to make too many mistakes at all.
BERMAN: And it seems like they did a whole lot of things right. Heating rocks, bringing them into the car. Was that a life-saving move?
TETI: Absolutely. I got to tell you, this guy made all the right decisions. And what is really crazy is we did an episode last year on "Dual Survival" almost exactly what these people went through, and I can tell you, it's not the one big decision that he made for his family, it's all those little decisions that lead up to that big decision.
Staying with the vehicle, letting people know where you went, staying warm, making a fire, you know, he made all the right decisions and even more so, he didn't panic. Because if he would have panicked, I can almost guarantee you he would have done what the people in the scenario that I was involved in did -- he left his vehicle. That's not what you want to do in a situation and he didn't. BERMAN: Don't go looking for help seems to be the advice you have.
Look, you were in the Special Forces. One of the things you do not have to work with in Special Forces, at least out there in the field, 3 and 4-year-old kids. There were four kids here. Ten years old and younger. How difficult do you think that must have been to deal with?
TETI: Boy, I got to tell you, salute to this guy. I'm quite sure his kids were more than a little alarmed for their ages. I think they were between the ages of 3 and 10, from what I read. But what I do understand about his family is this wasn't their first time out in the snow, which definitely helped and increased their chances of survival without a doubt.
BERMAN: No, this family clearly knew what they were doing. We're so glad they were all OK.
Joseph Teti, thanks for being with us. Appreciate it.
TETI: Yes, sir, thanks, man.
BERMAN: So the conditions that sent that jeep sliding off road in Nevada were part of a storm system that is still tormenting a huge swath of this country.
Before we bring in Chad Myers, I'm going to show you a video we just got in today of a huge pileup in Germantown, Wisconsin.
Look at this. This happened on Sunday. A traffic camera caught all of it. Just awful picture to see. The cars skidding off the road, others slamming into one another. Dozens of cars and trucks were involved, and by the time it was all over. One person was fatally injured.
From there, as you probably know too well, the storm has been dumping more ice, more snow causing more havoc all the way to New England.
Chad Myers, as always is on top of it all.
So, Chad, a lot of the places around the U.S. dangerously cold right now.
CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes.
BERMAN: But what's the latest?
MYERS: Well, you know, even if you get down to 10, 15 degrees, and if you look at those pictures of that Wisconsin crash, that was a bridge. I can't believe people didn't fly off that bridge. But that's the problem is that when you get that cold, even salted roads will refreeze. The arctic air mass, right down where that family was here in Nevada, all the way down to Texas and Arkansas and even up towards the northeast. Remember this map, I will get back to it in a minute.
Look at the lows tonight. Minneapolis 14 below. Many aren't even ready for this. This doesn't even feel like where we should be this time of year just yet. We shouldn't be this cold. You're not ready, your car is not ready. Maybe the anti frieze isn't ready. Take all those things into consideration for tonight.
Rapid City down to 13. Wind chill factors much colder than that. The animals feel this wind chill. Your face feels it. Your car, windows, house, they don't feel the number but tell you what, if you were outside or if your pets are outside, please take care of yourself and the pets tonight because they can't take care of themselves. Make sure they have some type of shelter from these wind chills. Wind chill advisories all the way from International Falls all the way down to the south.
And please keep at least half a tank of gas in your car. Even though this car was upside down, they didn't get to use it. If you're stuck in the snow and -- all wheels are down, you'll be able to use that fuel, that gasoline to keep yourself and keep the car running, and keep yourself warm, and make sure the snow doesn't get near that exhaust pipe.
There's the map I started with. Here's the next storm system. You don't want to see this. But this is Saturday, another icy mix, a snowy mix and rain down to the south and that's the big cities again, Saturday into Sunday another storm coming -- John.
BERMAN: I think the scientific term for the storm that hit us today was sort of mad, Chad. We didn't get much snow but we have another one coming this weekend.
Thank you so much. Look forward to hearing about that in one of the coming days.
BERMAN: All right. You can see much more on the rescue of that family coming up at the top of the hour on "PIERS MORGAN LIVE."
Next for us, the breaking news on a deal that could prevent another government shutdown mess.
Also, President Obama's deeply person tribute to Nelson Mandela. And later, his handshake at the ceremony with Cuban President Raul Castro, there it is, setting off a storm back home, but can you really compare this, as John McCain did to shaking hands with Hitler? Stay with us.
BERMAN: Big news, breaking news, if you like Washington actually getting something done. Welcome news if you prefer Democrats and Republicans compromising rather than fighting. Potentially good news if you believe that all force across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester are choking the economy.
Not so good news, though, if you're one of an army of Americans looking for work who will be losing jobless benefits soon. Also not good news if you wanted to see some entitlement cuts, but there has been a bipartisan budget deal hammered out by GOP Congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray. It touches on all of the above.
Dana Bash joins us now with what is in it and how it came about and I suppose the big question is whether it stands a snowball's chance of actually becoming law.
Dana, tell us what is in this deal.
DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it is modest but it is a start, as you said. Any time we are talking about compromise in Washington is a breath of fresh air, frankly, especially somebody who covers Congress and is not used to using that C word, "compromise," very often.
It is two years and it sets the budget levels for two years. And what it does is it takes away some of those arbitrary or forced spending cuts and replaces them with different cuts. That is something that pleases some conservatives, for example, those who don't want arbitrary defense cuts and some liberals who don't want arbitrary cuts to social spending programs.
But then on the flip side, it makes some conservatives who want deficit reduction and want those forced cut caps in place unhappy and some liberals also happy because they don't like the fact, as you alluded to, John, that unemployment benefits are not extended as part of the package.
BERMAN: So there has not been any unanimous standing ovation yet for this, Dana? The White House has already come out and indicated it is supportive of the deal but Marco Rubio has said he's against it on "CROSSFIRE" earlier today. Congressman Adam Shift was not so sure where he would stand.
So I heard Democrats and Republicans, both murky at best on it. Is it a sure thing that it gets through?
BASH: Is it a sure thing? No, nothing is a sure thing. I think the best way to answer that question, at least the first step, is going to be to look at what happens tomorrow morning in a meeting of House Republicans, are going to get together and go over this and see how much resistance there really is first and foremost among House Republicans.
Paul Ryan said tonight that he feels confident that it will pass, that as a conservative he feels comfortable with this. But we are seeing grassroots group after grassroots coming out even before this deal was announced, John.
And bombarding conservative members who they have a lot of sway over, saying this is not the way to go. You should not support this, and you're certainly seeing, to a lesser extent, but some of that opposition on the Democratic side.
BERMAN: And of course --
BASH: But you know what, that's what compromise is.
BERMAN: Well, don't get too used to compromise because if this does go through, the debt ceiling discussion.
BERMAN: Passing, you know, a hike on that, still by no means guarantee that would be in February.
Dana Bash, thank you so much. On top of this as always. Appreciate it.
President Obama heading home from South Africa tonight.
Memorial services today for Nelson Mandela bringing heavy rain. The tears of heaven, one woman said.
South Africans of all colors and dignitaries spanning the globe paying tribute. President Obama made it personal.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Nelson Mandela and the struggles taking place in this beautiful land, and it stirred something in me. It woke me up to my responsibilities, to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today.
And while I will always fall short of Madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man. He speaks for what's best inside us.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BERMAN: There is no firm word yet on how many people around the globe watched the ceremonies, though, when a Free Mandela Concert was televised 25 years ago, an estimated 600 million people watched.
So how many eyeballs saw this next moment is for now impossible to say.
This is it, President Obama and Cuba's President Raul Castro, and that, folks, was a handshake. Also, I sort of saw a smile in there, as well. The White House is calling it unplanned and uncomplicated, others reading much more into the gesture.
The Cubans, a sign of hope. There were smiles and approval on the streets of Havana. To some Cuban Americans, though, it is a sign of surrender. And today on Capitol Hill a prominent Cuban American congresswoman let Secretary of State Kerry know it.
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REP. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (R), FLORIDA: Mr. Secretary, sometimes a handshake is just a handshake, but when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like Raul Castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant.
Raul Castro uses that hand to sign the orders to repress and jail democracy advocates. In fact, right now, as we speak, Cuban opposition leaders are being detained and they are being beaten while trying commemorate today, which is International Human Rights Day. They will feel disheartened when they see these photos.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BERMAN: So Arizona Senator John McCain went even further, all the way back to Munich in 1938.
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SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: Why should you shake hands with somebody who's keeping Americans in prison? I mean, what is the point? Neville Chamberlain shook hands with Hitler.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BERMAN: OK. To be clear here, Chamberlain met with Hitler three times and essentially gave away a -- a chunk of Czechoslovakia. That did not seem to happen on a stage in South Africa today. Also we should note that Winston Churchill shook hands with Stalin, Richard Nixon shook hands with Fidel Castro, so did Bill Clinton. And Ronald Reagan embraced Mikhail Gorbachev, not long after calling the USSR an evil empire.
Presidents always take heat for kissing sheiks and bowing to emperors. This always does seem to be an issue.
Let's talk about it with CNN commentator Ana Navarro, National Hispanic chair to the Huntsman 2012 presidential campaign. Also political analyst David Gergen.
Ana, you are from Florida. You are no fan, I know, of the Castro regime. But what do you make of Senator McCain's comments comparing this to a Hitler moment and also of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen?
ANA NAVARRO, CNN COMMENTATOR: You know, I don't think John McCain was comparing it to a Hitler moment. What his question is, what is the point? You can shake hands with dictators, you can shake hands with tyrants, but that doesn't mean they're going to change their ways.
And people need to understand, John, that for this community, this cuts very, very deep. There is a number of political prisoners, Cuban political prisoners, who served even longer than Mandela, 30 years, 29 years, 28 years.
Today is International Human Rights Day. And as Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said, there are people, dissidents, getting harassed, getting jailed, getting attacked in Cuba today. So people need to understand this is something that the Cuban community feels deeply. This is a community that has felt this pain now for 55 years.
This duo of brothers are going to have had an iron grip tyranny on Cuba for 55 years come January 1st.
Do I think a handshake is going to be heard all over the world? Is it going to lead to policy changes? Is it going to lead to changes within Cuba? I don't think so. But -- and I think we should focus on the big picture and the big price. What is happening in Cuba today.
BERMAN: You know, I don't think anyone questions the depth of the feelings in Florida and of many Cuban Americans, Ana.
Also, it should be noted that President Obama, while he did shake Raul Castro's hand, in his speech seemed to include words that were at least indirectly very critical of the Cuban president. He criticized people who stood on this stage to honor Nelson Mandela but also repress people back home, so I do think that message got out, too.
NAVARRO: I do, too. I agree with you. And I think it's an important message and I think part of honoring Mandela is frankly remembering what he stood for in the latter part of his life, freedom, democracy, equality, justice, and I think those are the things that we have to aspire to today and if we're going to honor Mandela, we need to aspire for those conditions being so everywhere in the world including places like Cuba.
BERMAN: David, it seems to me that this was inevitable, that sooner or later, they were going to shake hands on that stage. Sooner or later there were going to be people who are upset about it, and it was going to create a controversy. How does the White House deal with this? Was there any way to avoid it?
DAVID GERGEN, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, the president might have decided as Jimmy Carter did some years ago that he would not go to a funeral, Tito's funeral, in that case because he didn't want to shake hands with Brezhnev after the Russians invaded the Afghanistan.
But, listen, a couple of things, first of all, it was not rehearsed but I'm sure it was intentional. White House scripts these things out. There was a good chance the president is going to shake hands with Raul Castro.
There's also no question that the Castro regime, the Cuban regime, engages in odious practices that will have to stop if it has any hope of restoring relationships with the United States. But it's also fair, with due respect to my good friend, Ana, to point out that for every Cuban American who feel deeply grieved, there are a lot of Cuban Americans who feel the isolation of Cuba has not worked and they would like to see an easing of tensions, they would like to see a different approach.
The Council of Foreign Relations that released a port this year had pointed out that the majority of Cuban Americans, Cuban Americans, believe the sanctions regime, the embargo hasn't worked and they would like to see an easing.
BERMAN: Ana, do you want to respond to that?
NAVARRO: Yes. Look, I think David has a good point. There is some change going on within the community. However, the Cuban Americans that are in Congress, including the guy who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee in the U.S. Senate, are all against lifting sanctions unless there are democratic elections. So I would tell you, I know Bob Menendez quite well. If conditions do not change in Cuba, if political prisoners are not released, if democratic elections are not scheduled, I think you're going to have to go through the cold, dead body of Bob Menendez to get policy change, and that is the reality.
BERMAN: All right --
GERGEN: That's not true. That's not true. Hold on just a second, if you don't mind.
BERMAN: Go ahead.
GERGEN: Listen, she's right about legislation. This Congress is not going to lift the embargo. That's absolutely right. There are steps the Obama administration has already taken to ease some travel restrictions and they can take steps, and I think they've signaled their plan to take steps before he leaves office.
John Kerry and Barack Obama have both given -- speeches signaling that they're going to move towards a thaw in relations.
Is that a good idea or bad idea? We can debate that but I think that's the direction in which the administration is moving.
BERMAN: Well, I guess one thing is clear --
NAVARRO: Well, I think David -- I think David is right, there are modest steps that the administration can take. The embargo used to be an executive order but it was qualified into a law under Helms-Burton, and so now lifting the actual embargo requires an act of Congress, and I think that is going to be a very difficult road for any administration while Cuba continues doing the things it's doing.
BERMAN: I think that any handshake that elicits this kind of discussion it's clear it's more than just a handshake.
So, David Gergen, Ana Navarro, thank you so much for being with me.
GERGEN: Thank you.
BERMAN: Talking about this. Really appreciate it.
Another reminder, we are waiting to hear from the doctors treating the family rescued in Nevada. That's the hospital we're looking at right now. We will go back to this news conference as it begins and we will speak to another key figure in the rescue.
Next, new details about the terror attack inside a shopping mall in Kenya. Why officials now say there may have been only four gunmen and how they may have escaped alive.
BERMAN: Today a drastically different picture of the deadly Kenya mall shooting that came to light in a report by the New York Police Department.
How different a picture you ask? Well, in 360 terms, about a 180. According to the report, just four gunmen, four, not 15, may have pulled off the attack that left 67 people dead. The surveillance video shows some of the suspected gunmen hold up in a storage room in the West Gate Mall.
The report says some attackers may have gotten away, possibly all of them. There is also new tantalizing information about the female terrorist known as the white widow.
The NYPD sent two detectives to Nairobi to investigate the assault and analyze the response. The report questions much of what Kenyan officials said about the siege including claims that hostages were held.
Susan Candiotti joins me now with the latest. Susan, this account of the attacks is hugely different than the one we've been hearing from the last few months. Why so many discrepancies here?
SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, I tell you a lot of it has to do with the passage of time. They had time to analyze this videotape, among other things, human intelligence, but there are still a lot of questions out there. All these new questions and findings are coming and being raised by the NYPD and U.S. federal law enforcement officials.
And it's hard to forget all this riveting mall surveillance video that shows terrorist almost casually firing their weapons and talking on their cell phones while they are cutting down, shooting down innocent victims.
Now evidence appears to show the attack was pulled off by four to six terrorists using AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades, not the 15 to 20 originally thought to be involved and it's entirely possible some escaped.
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COMMISSIONER RAY KELLY, NEW YORK POLICE: We don't know. That was mentioned in the presentation. We're not certain if people got away. We're not certain of the total number of people killed because it was shown in the presentation, RPGs were used, rocket propelled grenades and we believe that people certainly were injured and perhaps killed as a result of the floor collapsing.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CANDIOTTI: The Kenyans suggest they have DNA evidence that four attackers are dead, but my sources tell me that evidence may not be complete. One source is wondering whether mangled guns were retrieved from the rubble of the roof collapse and if so why didn't they show those. Other sources saying during and after the attack, the mall perimeter had giant holes in it and it's entirely possible suspects could slip through the cracks -- John. BERMAN: Well, it is such a different picture. What about the so- called, "White Widow," the British woman who, at one point, was suspected of perhaps being involved.
CANDIOTTI: That's right. She's Samantha Luthwade. Her husband was a suicide bomber in London's 2005 subway attack. Luthwade had been living in Kenya and at first Kenyans suggested she was at the mall and on video. But the NYPD and FBI sources say it appears she did not actively participate at the mall itself or any women took part in the massacre. But the jury is still out on whether she helped plan the attack and she's completely disappeared so Interpol has a red notice out for her capture -- John.
BERMAN: All right, Susan Candiotti, thank you so much. As I said, just a vastly different picture than what we've been told for so long there.
Coming up, the woman accused of murdering her husband by pushing him off a cliff just eight days into their marriage. At the trial today, testimony about the alleged lie she told police and her friends and the fake e-mail account that investigators say was created to support these lies.
Also ahead, the latest on our breaking news tonight, a family of six rescued after being stranded for two days in the frigid mountains of Nevada. I will speak with someone from the civil air patrol about how they were finally found. It's fascinating. That when 360 continues.
BERMAN: In "Crime and Punishment" tonight, day two in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her husband just eight days after they got married. Jordan Graham pushed her husband while they were at Glacier National Park and he fell off a cliff. That much is known. The defense says she pushed him in self-defense and his death was an accident.
The prosecution says it was murder. One problem for the defense is that initially, Graham lied about what happened and went to pretty dramatic lengths to cover her tracks, and those lies took center stage at the trial today. Kyung Lah reports.
KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Jordan Graham walked into what would be a damaging second day for her defense in her murder trial. Prosecutors played video of police interviews where the jury saw and heard Graham lying to police. In the first video, Graham was, matter of fact and unemotional as she tells police a story, that her husband, Cody Johnson, took off from home in a dark car with Washington plates.
Johnson had been missing for two days, police were searching for him. The reality is Graham knew her new husband of just eight days was already dead at the bottom of the cheer cliff at Glacier National Park because she watched him fall. Sergeant Chad Zimmerman says on video to Graham, "I'm getting the feeling you're not being 100 percent honest with me." The very next day police videotaped Graham again. She went to police because she received an e-mail dated July 10th, three days after her husband's death. The e-mail came from a mysterious friend named, Tony.
It reads, "Hello, Jordan. My name is Tony. There is no bother in looking for Cody anymore, he is gone." The e-mail claims Johnson died during that car trip. The officer who saw the e-mail says to Graham seems kind of sketchy because it was.
The e-mail traces back to a computer at Graham's father's home. A fake e-mail created to support Graham's story to police and she lied to friends like Jennifer Toren who was clearly shaken after testifying.
(on camera): What was it like to be in that courtroom to see Jordan?
JENNIFER TOREN, WITNESS: It was very nerve-wracking.
LAH (voice-over): Graham also lied to her own 16-year-old brother. He testified that Graham brought him to the cliff to discover Johnson's body. The teenage boy sobbed saying she told one lie, was asked to tell the truth. She said it again. She had to keep adding more lies to cover it up.
Graham even lied to her best friend and maid of honor, Kim Martinez. She testified that before Johnson's death, Graham claimed her new husband would grab her and had a terrible temper. That was hard to hear for Johnson's friend who call it another lie.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He is a great friend of mine, a really good guy, just a tragic situation we're in right now. I want closure.
LAH: The night of Johnson's death, Graham texted Martinez. "Dude, I'm freaking out, I'm about to go for a walk or something, jump off a freaking bridge. IDK," meaning I don't know. "I've lost it." Yet at the same time, Graham texted happy bubbly messages to another friend about dancing. "Dude, you better work those sweet moves although you are pretty amazing already."
Her friend replies, "Yes, I know, I'm a pretty good dancer. I think I'm the best dancer I know." Graham texts, "Whoa, whoa, too far homey." Those text sounds immature because defense attorney say Graham is exactly that, a naive, socially inept, sheltered young woman, just 21 at the time of her husband's death.
The fall says the defense is a terrible accident. Graham says they were fighting, he grabbed her, she pushed him away and he fell. So why the lies? The defense argues Graham was an awkward young woman who married the popular guy in town and she feared no one would believe her.
BERMAN: Kyung Lah joins me now live from Montana. Kyung, you were there in court. They are playing these tapes of Jordan Graham lying to police, her brother breaks down crying, what is she doing through all this?
LAH: Let's start with watching herself on videotape lying to police throughout this trial. She's been very difficult to read, like a statute. The same when she was watching herself on those tapes, but it did change when her brother started sobbing. He was sobbing into the microphone. It was heart breaking. Many of the people in courtroom, John, were moved including Jordan Graham. It does appear at least she did wipe a tear away. That's about the most emotion we've seen from her.
BERMAN: All right, Kyung Lah, what a day and still more to come. Thank you so much from Montana.
Let's dig deeper now. Joining me now live, CNN legal analyst and criminal defense attorney, Mark Geragos, CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, Sunny Hostin and forensic scientist, Lawrence Kobilinsky of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Mark, I want to start with you here. Videos showing Graham lying to police, bogus e-mails, her brother sobbing on the stand, this seems to be tough for the defense.
MARK GERAGOS, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Well, it's -- look, it's not easy when you're charged with murder in any case. So there is always a reason why they charge you with murder, and in this case because they didn't have much physical evidence that proved it, but they did have all of these changing stories.
So the defense, I think, did a pretty good job about fronting all of that with the jury. She's got a plausible explanation for why she was saying this, and ultimately, I think I'm going to make a wild guess here that she may take the stand in this case.
BERMAN: Taking the stand, you know, always drastic measure, and you say they have a plausible defense that essentially that she was nervous that she would be misunderstood for what happened there. They wouldn't think it was an accident. Sunny, you think this is more of a slam dunk in this case, however, no one saw it happen. There is no video camera footage of her pushing him off the mountain. Is that tough for the prosecution?
SUNNY HOSTIN, CNN LEGAL ANALYTS: It isn't. I never like to say a case is a slam dunk and I know Geragos is going to come back at me and say I'm being crazy. This is a case who says who does that? Who behaves this way? When juries look at the kind of behavior that she exhibited, she pushes her husband off a cliff with both hands she says and then just leaves him there.
He could have been suffering, anything, leaves him there, drives home and starts lying and making these things up and then leads her friends to his body but yet, still, lies about what happened. The argument that it's an accident is just so unbelievable, so incomprehensible. I can't imagine a jury is going to let her get away with it. And if she takes the witness stand, Mark Geragos, you have to admit that this jury has watched her lie not once, twice, but several times to friends, police officers, how does she get on the witness stand and be credible? They will never going to believe her.
GERAGOS: Sunny, when you say you can't believe the jury is going to let her get away with it. Doesn't that assume that she did commit the crime?
HOSTIN: She admitted it.
GERAGOS: She admitted that he grabbed her and she pushed him back and he fell. You know, if this was such a slam dunk, I'd ask you why do they need 39 witnesses and why do they need forensics?
BERMAN: Let's bring in the scientists here for a second. Lawrence, we know juries love the science, the facts, they want to grasp on to something here. Where is the science in this case? Again, there is no footage there. Can a coroner prove whether the push was intentional? It was murder or was an accident?
LAWRENCE KOBILINSKY, FORENSIC SCIENTIST: These types of cases are very complicated for medical examiner to diagnose. However, I think the case going to turn on whether the prosecution can demonstrate that Cody Johnson went over the cliff face-first. If you look at the body, the body was found at the bottom of the cliff face down, and basically, the experimentation by taking a mannequin of equal dimension, size and weight to Cody Johnson and tossing it over the cliff and see how it lands, I think that is going to be some suggestive physical evidence that will support the prosecution.
BERMAN: That's what it's going to take, pushing a mannequin off the cliff?
KOBILINSKY: I think experimentation is part of the way we do things in forensics and yes, that probably will have to be done.
BERMAN: All right, Lawrence Kobilinski, Sunny Hostin, Mark Geragos, thank you all so much for being with us. Really appreciate it.
We got more now on our breaking news, we have just heard from the doctor treating the rescued family from Nevada. You'll hear from him next.
BERMAN: A quick update on the Nevada family rescued after two days in sub-zero conditions, two adults, four young kids, just moments ago, their doctors spoke to reporters.
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DR. DOUGLAS VACEK, PERSHING GENERAL HOSPITAL: The father and mother and the four children are doing well. Remarkably well considering how cold it's been and the fact they have been out in the elements for these past two nights. I think if you -- as you guys have already been briefed earlier, that they did a lot of things right by staying with the vehicle and they did have food and water available with them.
And as soon as they -- the vehicle suffered this slow rollover accident, the father jumped into action, knew they had to stay warm and the first thing he did was built a fire and able to keep it going the entire time while they were out, and I think that really prevented any serious medical problems for them to develop.
They do have some exposure and understandably dehydration issues. It's very hard to stay very well hydrated in the elements. The air is very dry, even when cold it's very dry. In general, they are doing very, very well. No evidence of frostbite, which is what we expected. We were obviously braced for much worse considering the cold temperatures we've had, but they are doing very well.
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BERMAN: Terrific news. Also in their favor, he says they were already dressed for a day outdoors in the snow, so they had that going for them.
Joining us now another key figure in the rescue, Major Justin Ogden of the Civil Air Patrol and lead cell phone forensic expert for the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. And Major Ogden, you did get a key clue through the cell phone that belonged to Christina McIntee. This happened 2 a.m. What was this clue that you got?
MAJOR JUSTIN OGDEN, CIVIL AIR PATROL (via telephone): We got a key clue, that once we found that out we knew the vehicle had to have been stopped by that time and wherever they were at 2:00 a.m. Monday morning had to correspond to where they were, probably where they are at now. And that shifted the search area quite a bit for us when that clue came in.
BERMAN: You said it shifted the search area we're used to watching 24. It didn't give you an exact pinpoint GPS location, did it?
OGDEN: That's correct. We don't get a dot on a map. We get a big area, draw a big shape on the map and say this whole area might contain them and we have to search the whole thing.
BERMAN: And ruling out areas that was probably the most effective and efficient for you.
OGDEN: That's right. It gets played with eyewitness reports and what they told the family where they were going and just another piece to the puzzle, and this clue helped move the search area from where it was initially going on to about 20 miles further to the east.
BERMAN: How comprehensive was this effort? We know there were hundreds of people on the ground searching and air resources also deployed. How big was the search?
OGDEN: This search is massive. I mean, there was a great presence there by a bunch of different agencies. You have state and local resources, federal resources like aircraft flying. There were Navy helicopters in there, neighboring counties bringing in air assets to help out, teams on the field, coordination by the sheriff's office, coordination by the coordinator, it was an amazing effort. You got clues from the cell phone team. You got people all over the country working on this search.
BERMAN: And be honest with us here, I know you guys hold out hope and were good at what you do, but were you surprised when they were found?
OGDEN: There were a lot of us surprised, we were. This search went on longer than we would have liked to have seen, and we have had -- we see too many on these with a bad outcome, and we're so excited for a great outcome.
BERMAN: I think everyone is excited. Major Ogden, thank you so much. Congratulations and great work.
OGDEN: Thank you.
BERMAN: Up next, remembering Nelson Mandela, with photos representing his legacy, his extraordinary life and today's extraordinary tribute.
BERMAN: In South Africa and throughout the world it was a day for celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. There is a song called, translation, "What We Had Done." It was an anthem during the anti-apartheid movement and it's often sung at funerals and demonstration. We leave you this hour with that song from the Cape Town Youth Choir.
What a smile, what a life. That's it for AC360. Thanks for watching. "PIERS MORGAN LIVE" starts now.
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