A Michigan court has convicted Glenna Duram, 49, of shooting and killing her husband before attempting to kill herself.
Martin Duram, 45, was fatally shot in his Michigan home in May of 2015 and Glenna was found with a severe head wound. Initially, police suspected that an attempted double-homicide had occurred. After Glenna began to recover, she ultimately became the prime suspect in the slaying. The only witness to the shooting was the man’s pet parrot, Bud the bird.
Martin Duram’s ex-wife, Christina Keller, took ownership of the bird after Martin Duram’s death. She has stated that after the slaying Bud the bird repeated the phrase “Don’t f—ing shoot,” in Martin Duram’s voice over and over again.
“That bird picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around,” Martin Duram’s mother Lillian Duram told Michigan news station WOOD.
“I personally think he was there and he remembers it and he was saying it,” dad Charles Duram said.
Bud’s testimony was not used in court proceedings, but many believe that he is repeating the last words of Marin Duram accurately. This particular breed of parrot is notorious for mimicking noises around their environment and using them tirelessly. They are also highly-intelligent- their brains have been compared to three-year-old children.
Prosecutors argued that Glenna Duram shot her husband five times before turning the gun on herself.
Police records show that the couple had financial problems related to gambling, and an extremely troubled marriage. Glenna Duram left three suicide notes, one to her ex-husband and one to each of her children:
“i’m sorry but i love you and soo sorry i’ve been a disappointment to you these last 12 yrs or so Please forgive me your one of the best things I ever did — Love mom.”
In an interview with police after she recovered, she denied killing him, and claimed that she had no memory of the violent encounter or of writing the notes.
The jury did not believe her story. Glenna Duram is due to be sentenced on August 28th.
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