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Woman found guilty of murdering her husband after a parrot repeated the victim's 'last words'

In 2017, a woman named Glenna Duram shot her husband five times before attempting suicide. Soon after, the couple’s pet African Grey parrot, the only witness to the crime, started repeating the words “don’t f*****g shoot!” It is thought to have been the pair’s last exchange. Duram survived and was found guilty of first-degree murder.

After an unexpected witness—a parrot—emerged in a murder trial that gripped the nation, a woman was found guilty of killing her husband. The peculiar turn of events was revealed when the parrot started repeating the victim’s final words, seemingly accusing his wife of the crime. This extraordinary case has sparked intense interest and debate about the use of animal testimony in the legal system. This article delves into the specifics of the case, looking at the background of the defendant and the victim, the circumstances surrounding the incident, the trial and conviction, the veracity and ramifications of the parrot’s testimony, the psychological evaluation of the defendant, the reactions of the public, and ultimately the significance and controversy surrounding the parrot’s role in this unusual murder trial.

The Story:

Martin Duram was shot five times with a.22 caliber handgun before he passed away in his Michigan home in May 2015.

Glenna, his wife, was discovered next to him, still alive but with one gunshot wound, which, according to the prosecution, indicated a failed suicide attempt.

The couple, who had been together for 11 years, testified in court about how they typically spoke every day, but their neighbor had grown worried after not hearing from them for two days. Before authorities arrived and realized Glenna was still breathing, she thought they were both dead when she eventually entered the house and discovered both of their bodies on the floor of the bedroom.

Sgt. Gary Wilson, who went to check Glenna’s pulse, told the court how as he touched her, her eyes flew open and her body jerked, as she said: “What are you doing?”

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Martin Duram. Credit: WOOD TV8/ABC

Two years later, a Michigan jury in the Newaygo County found Glenna guilty of first-degree murder following eight hours of deliberation.

According to The Detroit News, police reports showed that the couple had been having money problems before the shooting, which had been made worse by Glenna’s addiction to gambling.

Under the love seat, investigators discovered the murder weapon, a Ruger Single-Six.

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Glenna Duram. Credit: Michigan Department of Corrections

A parrot was another item that almost materialized as important evidence.

Bud, Martin’s pet parrot, began repeating the phrase “Don’t [expletive] shoot” in his voice after his death. Bud’s new owner, Martin’s ex-wife Christina Keller, noticed this.

“I think it’s a piece of the puzzle,” Keller said to As It Happens.

“I believe it’s possible final remarks.

“I genuinely and firmly believe that most of that stems from that night.”

Keller decided to record the parrot’s unusual phrase after it gave her the chills.

She confessed, “I was terrified.

“I hear yelling, screaming, and fear.”

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Bud the parrot. Credit: WOOD TV8/ABC

There was some evidence to support Keller’s theory at the time, according to Newago County Prosecutor Robert Springstead, but the prosecution ultimately decided against using the parrot in court proceedings.

“You need to talk to that bird,” about four neighbors said as Keller continued to read the police report.

“I know it sounds absurd, but that’s how smart Bud is and how much people thought he saw this,” said Bud.

The state’s Court of Appeals rejected Glenna’s request for a new trial in 2019. Glenna claimed that the prosecution’s use of cellphone data as evidence in the case violated her rights.

The Supreme Court denied her request to appeal the verdict the following year, stating that it was “not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this Court.”

Glenna is currently serving a life sentence at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Pittsfield Charter Township, Michigan, claims The Cinemaholic.

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