WHITE CLOUD, Mich. — A parrot mimics a murder victim’s final words . . . over and over and over again.
A Michigan woman has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of her husband. And although the man’s pet parrot was not called as a witness, the bird apparently witnessed the crime. The parrot was known to mimic the man’s voice in addition to repeating words.
Parrot Mimics Owner
“Don’t f***** shoot,” the foul-mouthed parrot now repeats with impunity, reported CorrectionsOne.com.
Forty-nine-year-old Glenna Duram of Sand Lake learned her sentence Monday after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder and a felony firearm charge last month.
Forty-six-year-old Martin Duram was shot five times in May 2015. Glenna Duram suffered a head wound in what prosecutors said was a suicide attempt, but survived.
Martin Duram’s ex-wife, Christina Keller, has taken custody of Bud, the pet parrot, after Martin Duram’s death. She said Bud repeats the phrase, “Don’t f****** shoot,” frequently. When he does, it sends a chill through the house.
The bird was not used during trial since it could not proven where the phrase originated. For instance, the TV or another source? Legal experts conclude there is simply no reliable way to determine where Bud picked up the implicating expression. Yet one thing seems clear, if the parrot began using the idiom for the first time right after the murder, it would likely be connected to the homicide, even if it’s inadmissible evidence.
Furthermore, Keller said that Bud not only repeated Martin’s words, but also had a way of imitating his voice. She is convinced Bud witnessed the murder, and imitates Martin by repeating his verbiage, whether they were used in court or not. She said Bud may not be able to help the case, but “It puts the emotion out there, like you known, there is a dead man.”
Glenna Duram’s attorney plans to appeal.
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