Glenna Duram, a 49-year-old Michigan woman, has been found guilty of murder more than two years after she allegedly shot and killed her husband, then tried to take her own life in their Sand Lake area home. Normally this wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary if it weren’t for the fact that a parrot ratted her out.
After a trial that lasted a total of 10 days, Dunham was convicted of first-degree murder on Wednesday for fatally shooting her 46-year-old husband, Martin Duram, five times. Her defence lawyer tried to claim that the incident occured due to her not being in the right frame of mind as a result of medication she was on at the time, but the jury wasn’t buying it. Especially after they heard about Bud.
Bud was Martin Duram’s beloved pet parrot, a bird that had a habit of mimicking its owner and the sole witness to the crime. Although not called to testify in the case, what Bud had to say sealed Glenna Duram’s fate. Christine Keller, Martin Durham’s ex-wife, took the parrot in after his murder and claims that it overheard Martin’s final words — Bud was constantly repeating the phrase “Don’t f***ing shoot” in a voice similar to Martin’s, according to Keller.
Initially, a prosecutor unsuccessfully argued for Bud’s comments to be admitted as evidence for the trial, however, Martin’s parents were convinced that the bird was revealing crucial information about what went on that day. “That bird picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around,” said Lillian Duram, Martin’s mother.
On May 13, 2015, a concerned neighbor called the fire department to the property in Ensley Township, where they found Martin Duram on the floor of the bedroom in only his underwear as his wife, covered in blood, lay still nearby. Glenna Duram was so badly injured that when authorities first found her, they thought she was dead and initially reported the case a suicide. Martin had been shot three times in the chest from close range and twice in the back, while Glenna suffered two wounds to her head. There were no signs of a break-in.
The guilty verdict brought little solace to Martin’s family. “It just isn’t good, just isn’t good. Two years is a long time to wait for justice,’ Lillian Duram said. “To sit there and watch her be emotionless… kind of hurt too.” Glenna Duram will be sentenced on August 28 and faces life in prison.