Trial by Birdie: Parrot's 'Testimony' in Murder Case Leads to Conviction of Wife
In the end, the foul-mouthed parrot was right.
Marty Duram, 45, was found shot to death in his Michigan home in 2015. A few weeks later, his parrot began squawking in voices that appeared to mimic an argument between Duram and his wife, Glenna.
“Don’t f---ing shoot,” the bird screeched.
Duram had been shot five times. His wife had been shot in the head. She claimed to remember nothing about the shootings.
The parrot, named Bud, was sent to live with Duram’s ex-wife, Christina Keller, who was adamant that Bud had witnessed Glenna shooting Marty before turning the gun on herself in a failed suicide attempt.
The bird’s ranting prompted speculation that Bud could somehow be called to testify, but prosecutors said that wouldn’t happen.
And last week, she was convicted of first-degree murder after a Newaygo County jury deliberated for eight hours.
Bud was also heard screaming, “No! No!” in a voice that resembled Marty’s, his ex-wife claimed.
The bird will continue to live with Keller.
Glenna Duram is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 28, WXMI reported.