SAND LAKE, Mich. - A murder case in Michigan has taken a bizarre and disturbing twist.
The victim’s parrot was recorded repeating words that the victim’s family believes it heard just moments before he was shot death.
Martin Duram, 45, was shot and killed in his Ensley Township home in May 2015.
His wife, Glenna, was also shot, but is now a suspect in what police are calling an attempted murder-suicide, according to Michigan State Police reports obtained by WOOD-TV.
Duram’s family, who is now caring for the bird, whose name is Bud, has video of him repeating what sounds like an argument, complete with changing voices.
Then, the bird is heard saying: “Don’t f***ing shoot.”
“I personally think we was there and he remembers it, and he was saying it,” Charles Duram said.
The police reports show that a witness asked police whether they could use the bird as evidence, but they don’t show that the detective responded.
Newaygo County Prosecutor Robert Springstead said he’s aware the couple had a bird that talked, but said that he had not seen that video.
WOOD-TV showed the video to Doreen Plotkowski, owner of Casa La Parrot in Grand Rapids.
She said it’s not unusual for African Grey Parrots to mimic male and female voices.
"It's definitely an argument between a man and a woman,” Plotkowski said.
Plotkowski said she could hear the parrot saying, “Don’t f***ing shoot.”
“In my mind, it’s something that he’s heard, definitely heard before,” Plotkowski said.
Police said Glenna Duram allegedly shot her husband five times before turning the gun on herself. They said she left three suicide notes, and that the gun belonged to the family.
But in an interview with police after she recovered, she denied killing him, according to the reports.
The prosecutor in the case said he plans to make a decision on charges in the next couple of weeks, WOOD-TV reported.