Michigan Woman Guilty of Murder Witnessed by Parrot

Glenna Duram will be sentenced next month
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 20, 2017 7:11 AM CDT

A jury has convicted a western Michigan woman of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man's pet parrot. The Newaygo County jury deliberated about eight hours before finding 49-year-old Glenna Duram guilty Wednesday of killing 46-year-old Martin Duram, reports the AP. He 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 said that after the slaying, the African grey parrot, Bud, repeated "don't (expletive) shoot" in Martin Duram's voice. Keller took ownership of the bird after Martin Duram's death. MLive reports that police floated money woes as a possible motive, and notes the couple's home was in foreclosure at the time. WOOD reports the pet was not "used" in court. Duram is due to be sentenced Aug. 28 on the murder and a felony firearm charge. (More strange stuff stories.)

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