SAND LAKE, Mich. — Did a parrot witness his owner’s murder, giving police insight into what happened during a fatal shooting?
That’s what family members believe. In a video shot weeks after the deadly encounter, Bud, an African grey parrot, says, “Don’t f—shoot.”
Martin Duram, 45, died in May 2015 in what police first characterized as a double homicide, reports Michigan TV station WOOD. They also found his wife, Glenna, in the home with a gunshot wound to the head. She was still alive.
A Freedom of Information Act request from WOOD uncovered records from Michigan State Police that list Glenna Duram as the suspect and suggest it was an attempted murder-suicide.
Martin Duram’s parents keep going back to the bird. His mother, Lillian, said Bud “picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around.”
She and her husband believe Bud witnessed the shooting. Video of the parrot shows the bird changing voices as if it was mimicking an argument.
“I personally think he was there and he remembers it and he was saying it,” Duram’s father, Charles Duram, told WOOD.
Records showed the couple had financial problems and a troubled marriage, WOOD reported. Police said Glenna Duram left three suicide notes, one to her ex-husband and one to each of her children.
She has since recovered from her wounds. She denies killing her husband and said she couldn’t remember what happened. She told police she didn’t write the suicide notes, but a handwriting analysis showed she did, according to police.
So far, no charges have been filed in the case. Prosecutors said they’d make a decision on charges in two or three weeks as they wait for Michigan State Police to wrap up their investigation.