Friday, July 21, 2017

Woman found guilty in hubby's murder With PARROT as Witness

Jul 22 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)
Parrot witness case: Woman found guilty in hubby's murder

A woman has been convicted of murdering her husband after his last words were repeated by the pet parrot who witnessed the attack -and has been saying the words “don't f*****g shoot“.Glenna Duram, 49, shot Martin Duram, 46, five times before turning the gun on herself in a failed suicide attempt. Duram was found guilty of first-degree murder after eight hours of deliberation by Newaygo County jury in Michigan.
Her husband's African Grey parrot, Bud, may have repeated the pair's final conversation to Duram's ex-wife, Christina Keller. Keller took the parrot in after the attack in May 2015, and has said: “I believe with all my heart that those are the last words of Marty .“
“I recognise two different voices screaming and yelling and it always ends with `don't f*****g shoot'.“
The parrot has not been used in court proceedings, though this possibility was initially considered by the prosecutor. The victim's mother, Lillian Duram, reportedly said: “That bird picks up everything and anything.“
Duram will be sentenced on August 28 on a murder and firearm charge. African Greys are known for their ability to mimic human speech and can have the cognitive ability of a young child.

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