Glenna Duram, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder, after her pet parrot sold her out to the police when she shot her husband, 46-year-old Martin Duram.
Glenna stood accused of shooting her husband at least five times, before turning the gun on herself. It was a suicide attempt.
Her lawyers drummed up the defense that she was not in her right mind during the shooting, listing off medications that she had been taking for psychological health. They claimed she was in a fit when she shot her husband.
The Daily Mail reports:
The attempt was unsuccessful, and Duram was found guilty after about eight hours of deliberating by the jury, Fox17 reports. She appeared to make a gesture of some sort and mouthed something after the verdict was given.
Martin Duram’s pet parrot, Bud, was the only witness to the murder, however he was not called upon during the trial.
However, Duram’s ex-wife, Christina Keller, who took Bud in after the murder, said the parrot overheard Martin begging for his life before being shot.
Keller said Bud repeatedly said, ‘Don’t f***ing shoot’ while mimicking his former owner’s voice, which the ex-wife said was the bird replaying the final words he heard from Martin Duram on the night he was shot.
One of the prosecutors argued for Bud’s comments to be admitted into evidence for the trial, but the request was denied.
Prior to the trial being decided, Martin’s parents said they were sure the bird was revealing what went on.
‘That bird picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around,’ Lillian Duram told the BBC.
However, it was still the bird that led police to the murderer.