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Can a parrot be a murder trial witness?
« on: June 07, 2016, 04:31:13 AM »
This made-for-TV-but-still-true moment features a bird with a very foul mouth who recalls the words a victim MAY have said during a murder. The language warning is in effect.

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  When police began investigating the fatal shooting of Martin Duram, 45, of Ensley Township, about 45 minutes northeast of Muskegon, they found help from someone unexpected: Duram's African gray parrot named Bud.

Since Duram's death in May 2015, Bud has adopted a chilling new phrase, imitating his late owner's voice and screaming "Don’t fucking shoot!”

According to Duram's relatives, the bird has also begun imitating a heated argument between a man and a woman, whose voices they believe to be Martin and his wife Glenna's.

“I personally think he was there, and he remembers it and he was saying it,” Duram’s father, Charles Duram said, according to a report by Ken Kolker of WOOD-TV.

Duram's body was found next to Glenna, who also sustained a gunshot wound, according to the station. She was recently named a suspect in the case, although she says she doesn't remember what happened that day and denies killing him. 

Police records indicate that the couple was going through financial trouble due to gambling, the station reports. They believe that Glenna killed her husband and attempted to kill herself, but survived the gunshot wound. She denied writing a suicide note to her ex-husband and two children, but a handwriting analysis proved otherwise, the station reports. 

http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/15098/a_winged_witness_pet_parrot_may_be_repeating_slain_owner_s_last_words

Much more, and a photo of the feathered foul-mouth.  :wink:



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