Michigan courts have convicted a woman of killing her husband after a heated argument, an incident that was allegedly witnessed by the victim’s pet parrot, according to Grand Rapids Patch.
On Wednesday, Glenna Duram, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder in the May 2015 death of Martin Duram, 46. Prosecutors say Glenna shot Martin five times in the head before shooting herself in the head, a failed attempt at suicide, according to The Detroit News.
“It just isn’t good; just isn’t good. Two years is a long time to wait for justice. To sit there and watch her be emotionless when she sees the pictures [of Martin’s body], kind of hurt too,” the victim’s mother, Lillian Duram, told WMXI.
The slain man’s family maintains that his pet, an African grey parrot named Bud, witnessed the whole thing. Martin’s ex-wife, Christina Keller, has claimed that the bird would utter, “Don’t f**king shoot” in Martin’s voice after the fatal shooting.
Though prosecutors never eliminated the possibility that Bud would become a star witness, WOOD has reported that they landed a conviction without the parrot’s testimony.
“It’s an interesting novelty, and it’s been a great opportunity for me to learn about African parrots,” Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Springstead told the Detroit Free Press last year. “It’s something we are going to be looking at to determine if it’s reliable to use or if it is information we need to prosecute this case.”
In addition to financial records, which provided a motive for the deadly argument, investigators recovered suicide notes penned by Glenna to her ex-husband and two children, police have reported.
Glenna Duram was also convicted of a felony firearm charge. She is due back in court for sentencing on August 28.