Cameras weren't allowed to capture anything inside the Russell Smith Federal Courthouse in Missoula, for the trial of a Kalispell newlywed who eventually confessed to murdering her husband.
NBC Montana hired a local artist to give viewers an inside look at what went on in the courtroom during Jordan Linn Graham's trial and eventual plea agreement. Graham murdered her husband of just eight days, Cody Lee Johnson. She pushed him off a cliff in Glacier National Park in July, after she said the two had been arguing.
Illustrator Nikki Rossignol spent the week in the courtroom with NBC reporters, capturing every moment of the trial and the surprise plea agreement.
Before Monday, she had never done courtroom sketches, but learned early on how quickly she had to work.
"You know I grew to draw a lot faster," Rossignol said Friday. "Just in the four days that we were in court."
Rossignol would first sketch the faces and people. Then during court recesses she would paint and ink the drawings.
"I had to remove myself as well as from what was taking place so I could concentrate on faces and and lines and things like that," she said. "And then at the end of each sketch I would have to kind of reengage myself to figure out what the emotion of the scene was to kind of try and capture that."
To see Rossignol's courtroom sketches click here.
With the conclusion of the court proceedings Rossignol will focus again on her own art. She has a show during the First Friday event in downtown Missoula in January. For more information click here.