Victim’s pet parrot helped jury to convict Michigan woman of murder

Parrots are not just gifted mimics, they are among the most intelligent of birds.

On July 19, 2017, with the help of eyewitness testimony from the victim’s pet African grey parrot Bud, a Michigan jury found Glenna Durham guilty of murdering her husband, Martin.

The AP reports (via The Detroit News) that in May 2015, 46-year-old Martin Duram was shot five times. His wife Glenna, 49, suffered a head wound in what prosecutors said was a suicide attempt, but survived.

On July 2017, a Newaygo County jury deliberated about eight hours before finding Glenna Duram guilty of murdering her husband.

Martin’s ex-wife Christina Keller testified that after Martin was killed, his pet parrot Bud kept saying “Don’t (expletive) shoot” in Martin’s voice. Keller had taken ownership of the bird after Martin’s death.

The jury saw a video of Bud mimicking an argument between two distinct voices — those of Martin and Glenna. Glenna’s voice said “Shut up” and “Get your (expletive) over here”, followed by Martin’s voice saying “Don’t (expletive) shoot.”

On August 28, Glenna Duram will sentenced for the murder and a felony firearm charge.

National Enquirer reports:

“Despite the many witnesses and incredible evidence in the explosive trial, none was as mesmerizing as Martin’s pet African extraordinary ability to mimic human voices.

The creatures, which weigh about one pound, also have the cognitive ability of a young child.

‘That bird picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around,’ claimed Martin’s mother, Lillian Duram.

Amazingly, Glenna might have gotten away with murder had Bud stayed with her after Martin’s death. Instead, the parrot was given to his ex-wife Christina Keller.

Initially, cops believed Glenna was a crime victim, but changed direction after learning of the parrot’s chattering talent.

Relatives of both Keller and Martin believe Bud witnessed the horrific shooting.”

Good bird, Bud!


11 responses to “Victim’s pet parrot helped jury to convict Michigan woman of murder

  1. Way to go, Bud!!

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  2. Smart bird!

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  3. I guess sometimes getting “the bird” is a good thing.

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  4. We used to have an African Grey; once they start talking, they never shut up! Amazing things, those birds. I miss our Sybil.

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    • Condolences, Redynd, on your African Grey, Sybil. I am not experienced with birds, other than my laying hens and the wild birds I feed year-round, according to their schedules. But, my friend adopted an elderly person’s African Grey when he could no longer care for her….and I am totally entertained by this bird every time I visit. My friend, a fellow teacher, is raising a granddaughter. Every time I visit (which is always in the kitchen, with the bird) the Grey asks me ” Are you going to finish eating? Drink your milk. We will clean up now…..” and similar things…..totally entertaining and totally maternal and “appropriate” for my friend’s family situation right now. So, I KNOW these birds soak up the verbage of their immediate surroundings —IMMEDIATELY……and spit it back at you. I love it. 🙂

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  5. There’s no crime that goes unpunished, rah, rah, rah for the bird.

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  6. Excellent!

    Glenna’s cellmates aren’t gonna let her live this down, ha!

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  7. Obviously, the bird was smarter than Glenna. She tried to shoot herself in the head and missed? Must be a SJW.

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  8. “But I tell you this parrot is dead! It has ceased to be! It has gone to meet its Maker!” —John Cleese, the Parrot Sketch, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

    This story was just hysterical and made my day!


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