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Mon Jun 27, 2016, 10:17 AM

Parrot may testify in murder trial

We have a parrot. He does have a habit of picking up parts of conversations.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/06/24/parrot-martin-duram-glenna-murder/86360056/

SAND LAKE, Mich. — A Sand Lake couple’s pet parrot could be used as evidence to prove Glenna Duram murdered her husband Martin.

14 months after Martin Duram was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in his Sand Lake home, Glenna Duram, 48, is in jail and accused of his murder...

They believe she killed him and tried but failed to kill herself.

A few weeks after his death last May, the couple’s parrot started repeating a loud, profane argument between a male and a female:

The man told her to, “Get out.”

“Where will I go,” she replied.

Then, in what family believes are his last words, "Don’t f----ing shoot.”

“I believe with all my heart that those are the last words of Marty,” says former wife Christine Keller. “I recognize two different voices screaming and yelling and it always ends with, ‘Don’t f---ing shoot.'"

Newago County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Springstead says they are studying the parrot’s words, trying to determine if they are admissible evidence.

They will pick up seemingly random conversations.

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Reply Parrot may testify in murder trial (Original post)
Currentsitguy Jun 2016 OP
Runner Dude Jun 2016 #1
Currentsitguy Jun 2016 #2
Runner Dude Jun 2016 #3
rampartb Jun 2016 #4
Squeek Jun 2016 #5
Currentsitguy Jun 2016 #6
Squeek Jun 2016 #8
Currentsitguy Jun 2016 #11
Squeek Jun 2016 #12
The Center Holds Jun 2016 #7
Squeek Jun 2016 #9
The Center Holds Jun 2016 #10

Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 10:45 AM

1. Just to make sure he doesn't fly the coop before the trial they should put a tail on that parrot!

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Response to Runner Dude (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 10:47 AM

2. Personally

I think he's nothing but a Stool Pigeon.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 10:55 AM

3. He's probably feathering his nest with the reward money. Don't egg him on!

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 12:09 PM

4. life imitates art

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 01:48 PM

5. Hmmm...never had a parrot, but..

I did have Cockatiels.

The female didn't talk, but the male did...and it took many repeats of the same words/sentences before he would repeat them

IOW, he didn't just repeat random conversations.

anyone who has had a parrot...can they really repeat random conversations they've only heard once?

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Response to Squeek (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 01:55 PM

6. Check out the video I posted

That parrot is obviously repeating one side of a phone conversation.

I can tell you our Yellow Naped Green Amazon can and does occasionally pick up something not repeated to him over and over. He has also learned to call the dog. He is a devious S.O.B. who has put the dog to his own nefarious ends by getting him to go beg for treats for him which he shares with the gullible dog.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 04:35 PM

8. Hahahaha!!!

Well he may be devious, but at least he's honorable enough to share his ill-gotten gains with his accomplice!

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Response to Squeek (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 05:30 PM

11. I'll have to film and post it sometime

To him all food is "CRACKER". Whether it be bacon (his favorite) cheese, Cool Ranch Doritios (another big hit, he'll dance for those), a piece always gets broken off and dropped for the dog. Ever see a dog begging from another animal? It's got to be seen to be believed. He also "sings" with the parrot. Both are lousy.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #11)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 10:00 PM

12. Oh, please do!!!

I love seeing funny animal videos!

As far as dogs begging from another animal, they don't seem to have much sense of canine pride. Cats, OTOH, probably wouldn't give the parrot the time of day.

Which reminds me that I watched a video on Facebook earlier tonight called "Cats are assholes". I love when cats jump out and attack other creatures. Especially...and I'm going to hell for this...when they jump out on little kids and knock them on their asses.

I am a jerk.

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Response to Squeek (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 04:03 PM

7. Yeah, you would think the defense could bring up the gap of a few weeks after the murder.

Where was the parrot during that gap, who was with him, and is it possible he could have been "coached" to repeat a fake conversation?

I realize that may be a stretch, but reasonable doubt exists.

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Response to The Center Holds (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 04:38 PM

9. Yep...

when you're dealing with animal testimony, there are some problems.

One of them being that a judge/jury couldn't take mannerisms and facial expression into consideration...

And cross examination is sort of difficult

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Response to Squeek (Reply #9)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 05:23 PM

10. Polly will say anything to get that blasted cracker.

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