A Michigan woman who shot and killed her husband has been sentenced to life in prison based in part on the witness account of her husbands pet bird, an African grey parrot named Bud.
According to the Associated Press:
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.
Several weeks following Martin Duram’s murder, his parents reported that Bud the parrot—now in the custody of his ex-wife Christina Keller—began mimicking a man and woman’s argument, with the man’s voice stating, “Don’t fucking shoot.”
“I personally think he was there and he remembers it and he was saying it,” Duram’s father, Charles Duram, told WOOD-TV. (Glenna Duram was already a suspect at the time.)
On July 20, 2017, following an eight hour deliberation, a jury convicted Glenna Duram of first-degree murder. She was sentenced to life in prison on August 28. Her attorneys are planning an appeal.