Wife is found guilty of murdering her husband after the couple’s pet PARROT ‘outed her’ by repeating ‘don’t f***ing shoot’ in the victim’s voice
Glenna Duram, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder in a Michigan court
She had been accused of shooting 45-year-old Martin Duram 5 times in his home in Sand Lake, Mich, before trying to kill herself on May 12, 2015
Glenna Duram, 46, shot and seriously wounded also found in home, initially assumed dead at the scene but later made full recovery
Investigators who mistakenly assumed double homicide, later said defendant attempted murder-suicide
Duram’s parrot, bud, allegedly witnessed crime, in a video recorded by victim’s ex-wife, weeks after the crime
Bud repeated said “Don’t f—ing shoot,” in re-enactment of domestic dispute before the shooting
Prosecution asked for Bud’s words to be evidence, but the request was denied
Glenna claimed she couldn’t recollect events, denies accusations despite leaving 3 suicide notes
The 49-year-old was angry and emotional in court when verdict was handed out
Glenna Duram will be sentenced on August 28 and could be sentenced to life in prison
Glenna Duram, [photo], in court pictured in court Wednesday, was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, Martin Duram.
A Michigan woman has been found guilty of murdering her husband in a crime witnessed only by their family pet, a loquacious African grey parrot named bud.
Glenna Duram, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder in a Michigan courtroom Wednesday over the death of her husband, 45-year-old Martin Duram.
The 49-year-old had been accused of shooting her husband five times, before turning the gun on herself in a failed suicide attempt at their home in Newaygo County.
The trial lasted a total of 10 days, with defense lawyers having a list of her medications admitted to evidence during its final stages with the hope of convincing the jury the defendant was not in her right mind at the time of the shooting.
In May 2015, Glenna [rightt], shot her husband Martin Duram [left], 5 times at his home in Sand Lake, Mich, in what was initially assumed to be double homicide
Duram had been accused of shooting her husband five times in their Michigan home on May 12, 2015, before turning the gun on herself in a failed suicide attempt. They are both pictured
The attempt was unsuccessful, and Duram was found guilty after about eight hours of deliberating by the jury, Fox17 reports. Showing no emotion through the trial, Glenna Duram lost her composure after the verdict was handed down, she appeared to make a gesture of some sort and mouthed something after the verdict was given.
Martin Duram’s pet parrot, Bud, was the only witness to the murder, had outed the suspect to the family weeks after martin’s death, but the defense successfully contested the inclusion of the bird on the list of witnesses called to testify during the trial.
Bud still had an impact on the verdict as Martin Duram’s ex-wife, Christina Keller, who took Bud in after the murder, said the parrot overheard Martin begging for his life before being shot.
Keller said Bud repeatedly said, ‘Don’t f***ing shoot’ while mimicking his former owner’s voice, which the ex-wife said was the bird replaying the final words he heard from Martin Duram on the night he was shot.
Keller made a video recording of Bud saying the incriminating words and passed the tape on to other family members, including his parents, Lilian and Charles Duram.
Clearly irate that her con failed, Glenna Duram is seen acting out and gesturing wildly after the sentence was handed down, Wednesday
Star witness, Bud the parrot
Prosecutors had requested to use the testimony of Martin Duram’s parrot, Bud, but were denied. After the shooting, the bird was said to be heard saying repeatedly: ‘Don’t f***ing shoot’
One of the prosecutors argued for Bud’s comments to be admitted into evidence for the trial, but the request was denied.
Prior to the trial being decided, Martin’s parents said they were sure the bird was revealing what went on.
‘That bird picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around,’ Lillian Duram said
Police records detail Glenna’s financial problems, gambling problems and a potentially troubled marriage, ending with her killing Martin [right]with a gun he kept at his home.
Martin’s parents, Lillian and Charles Duram: “That bird picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around,” – Lillian Duram, victims”s mother on Bud’s testimony
Martin’s parents, Lillian and Charles Duram, believed their son’s parrot overheard his final words, with Lillian saying: ‘That bird picks up everything and anything’
After the verdict was handed down, the still-grieving mother said it offered little consolation.
‘It just isn’t good; just isn’t good. Two years is a long time to wait for justice,’ she told Fox17.
‘To sit there and watch her be emotionless… kind of hurt too.
‘I feel hurt that both families had to go through this, ‘cause we both used to be close and go camping together.’
Glenna Duram will be sentenced on August 28 and faces life in prison.