When we think of parrots, we often think of the annoying catchphrases they repeat.
However, a parrot’s testimony recently led to Glenna Duram, 49, being found guilty of first-degree murder.
The charge was related to a murder that took place on July 19, 2015, after Duram fatally shot her husband, Martin Duram, at their Sand Lake, Michigan home.
Conservative Tribune reports:
During the 10-day trial, the prosecution told the jury about the victim’s beloved pet parrot, Bud, pointing to his habit of mimicking his owner. In particular, after the slaying, Bud kept saying one phrase that sealed Duram’s fate — “Don’t f***ing shoot” in a voice similar to the victim’s.
The 46-year-old man was found dead on the floor of their bedroom on May 13, 2015 with three gunshot wounds to his chest and two to his back, wearing only his underwear. His wife, also covered in blood, lay still nearby.
First responders initially thought they were both dead, as Duram had gunshot wounds to her head. However, she managed to pull through and since there was no signs of a break-in, the incident was designated an attempted murder-suicide.
Christine Keller, the victim’s ex-wife, took the parrot in after his owner was killed and overheard what she and prosecutor’s argued were the man’s final words, begging for his life, according to U.K. Daily Mail.
Incredible that the parrot managed to remember that phrase.
Duram was eventually found guilty after a jury spent 8 hours deliberating the case.
“It just isn’t good, just isn’t good. Two years is a long time to wait for justice,” the victim’s mother said. “To sit there and watch her be emotionless… kind of hurt too.”
Duram is currently facing life in prison.
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