Prosecutor May Put Potty-Mouthed Parrot On Witness Stand In Murder Trial

Prosecutors are looking into whether they can use the parrot as a witness in a possible 2015 murder-suicide case.  

By Benjamin H. Smith

Glenna Duram, from Michigan, claims she remembers nothing about the 2015 shooting that left her husband Martin dead and herself with a bullet wound to the head. Prosecutors however think it was a murder–suicide gone wrong, especially after finding three suicide notes she left for her children. Now it appears the only hope they have in unraveling the case lies with a foul mouthed African parrot named Bud the couple kept as a pet.

Police found Martin Duram dead from five gun shots with his injured wife beside him in their family home. The couple had been experiencing financial difficulties and Glenna was Martin’s primary caregiver after a serious automobile accident in the 1990s. Following Martin’s death, Bud was given to his ex-wife Christina Keller, who claims the bird mimicked what sounded like a domestic fight and the chilling exclamation “Don’t f*cking shoot!”

Local Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Springstead says he is currently looking into whether there is already a precedent for using a parrot’s speech as evidence. They are cataloging his speech patterns and seeing if anything pops up that is admissible as evidence. Glenna Duram is charged with first-degree murder and remains resolute that she did not kill her husband. 

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