Suspect in murder allegedly witnessed by parrot expected in court

Glenna Duram
A courtesy photo of Glenna Duram.

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WOOD) — The suspect in a Sand Lake area murder allegedly witnessed by a parrot heard the evidence against her Friday.

Multiple witnesses took the stand in the case against Glenna Duram during her preliminary hearing Friday morning. Duram is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the May 2015 death of her husband, Martin Duram.

Martin Duram
A courtesy photo of Martin Duram.

Martin was shot five times and died in his home on 128th Street in Ensley Township. Glenna, who is Duram’s second wife, survived a bullet wound to the head in what prosecutors say was a subsequent suicide attempt.

Multiple witnesses took the stand describing the house on the day of the shooting as in “disarray.”

When one of the witnesses was asked if it appeared there was a struggle, he responded yes. Another witness described the living room of the home as, “once we walked in there everything was just scattered all over the place. There was a lamp on the floor, everything was just like ransacked in there.”

Family members of Martin say Bud, an African grey parrot, seems to replay the murder, mimicking what sounds like an argument between a male and a female.

Bud, an African grey parrot, on June 3, 2016.
Bud, an African grey parrot, on June 3, 2016.

“Don’t f—ing shoot,” the bird says on a video that the family says it took several weeks after the shooting.

The prosecutor previously told 24 Hour News 8 that he has not ruled using a parrot that allegedly witnessed the murder as evidence. However, the bird’s current owner says the prosecutor now feels confident there’s enough evidence against Glenna Duram to convict her, without using Bud.

Prosecutors say there will be a second day of preliminary hearings, but a date has not yet been released.