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  1. #1
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    MI - Martin Duram, 45, murdered in his Grant home, 13 May 2015

    A Michigan murder case has taken a bizarre turn as the murder victim's family believes a parrot is repeating the words it heard before their son was shot and killed, television station WOOD-TV reported.

    Martin Duram, 45, was shot and killed at his home in May 2015 in what police first believed was a double-homicide. Police also found his wife, Glenna, in the home with a gunshot wound (she survived).
    Video of parrot at link: http://www.click2houston.com/news/na...ims-last-words
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    Previous news coverage:


    Marty was shot and killed; Glenna was critically injured and barely alive when she was found. Autopsy results obtained by FOX 17 show Marty was shot five times, including once in the head, and was found with a clump of hair in his hand...

    Marty and Glenna both had children from previous marriages. Police interviews conducted with children of both indicate the couple had a love-hate relationship. Glenna's son told police the couple argued ďa lot," usually over money, and that Marty was possessive. Both had quick tempers...

    Glenna was in charge of the couple's finances... Roughly one month prior to his death, Marty learned his house was in foreclosure, according to relatives. Marty's children told investigators Glenna did not always pay the bills and would not tell Marty of their financial difficulties.

    While Martin Duram's family members have been vocal in their calls for justice, police and prosecutors remain tight-lipped about the open investigation into his slaying and the gunshot wound suffered by his wife. So far, no one has been charged with any crime related to his case...

    State police said early in the investigation that Martin Duram was the victim of a homicide. But investigators have refused to publicly state how his wife was wounded - whether they believe the gunfire stemmed from a domestic situation, or was the work of a third party.

    Glenna Duram's injury required months of rehabilitation care.

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    Documents: Shooting victim’s wife joked about ‘waiting for him to die’

    Autopsy results obtained by FOX 17 show Marty was shot five times, including once in the head, and was found with a clump of hair in his hand.
    responders saw bullet casings on the bed near the victims and said Glenna was taken from the home strapped to a gurney because she was “very combative," according to case files.While trying to restrain her she said numerous times, “Why are you doing this Marty?" but gave no response when repeatedly asked who had shot her.
    Marty's daughter claims every time she saw her stepmother, Glenna would say she was "just waiting for Marty to die to get all his money." In some instances, she'd make the comments in front of Marty and either appeared serious or would laugh about it.
    The two always kept their doors locked, and none of the family had keys to the home, according to documents.
    Glenna was in charge of the couple's finances, and statements from several of the couple's children indicate their main source of income was money the state paid to Glenna for being Marty's primary caregiver and Social Security income Marty collected.
    Glenna became her husband's caregiver after he was seriously injured in an automobile accident in the 1990s.
    Roughly one month prior to his death, Marty learned his house was in foreclosure, according to relatives. Marty's children told investigators Glenna did not always pay the bills and would not tell Marty of their financial difficulties.
    But, according to Marty's parents, evidence was found in the days after the killing of apparent suicide notes allegedly written by Glenna in the couple's home, both baffling and curious. The notes, found in a manila envelope in the couples living room, contained letters addressed to each of Glenna's children, “generally advising them (the addressed) that she was sorry and they were signed Love Mom, Love Glenna and Love Mom, respectively," documents said.
    More @ link: http://fox17online.com/2015/10/01/do...or-him-to-die/

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    Nov 2015
    Winged murder witness: ‘Don’t f—ing shoot’

    Now, Michigan State Police reports obtained by 24 Hour News 8 under the Freedom of Information Act list the wife as a suspect, suggesting she tried to pull off a murder-suicide. She has since recovered from her injury.
    State police identified the wife as a suspect in a murder-attempted suicide, suggesting she shot him five times before turning the gun on herself.
    Police records detail financial problems, gambling problems and a potentially troubled marriage, ending with the killing of Martin Duram with a gun he kept at his home. Police say Glenna Duram left three suicide notes, one to her ex-husband and one to each of her children:
    “i’m sorry but i love you and soo sorry i’ve been a disappointment to you these last 12 yrs or so Please forgive me your one of the best things I ever did — Love mom.”
    “I know for a fact I didn’t kill my husband,” police quoted her as saying.
    She also said she didn’t remember writing the suicide letters, but a handwriting analysis showed she did, police said.

    More @ link: http://woodtv.com/2016/06/02/records...-to-kill-self/

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    Sep 2011
    Sounds like a botched murder-suicide to me.

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    Talking parrot witness in murder trial

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    That parrot saying "Don't (F'ing) shoot!" gave me chills. I understand why they wouldn't be able to use it in court, though. Impossible to prove where he heard it.

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    Foul-mouthed parrot may be used as evidence in murder trial, prosecutor says

    Only weeks ago, the idea seemed like an absurd plot twist in a bad Jim Carrey flick from the mid-’90s.

    But this week, Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Springstead told the Detroit Free Press that authorities are studying the parrot’s words to determine whether the bird’s speech can be considered admissible evidence in a court of law.
    “It’s an interesting novelty and it’s been a great opportunity for me to learn about African parrots,” he said. “It is something we are going to be looking at to determine if it’s reliable to use or if it is information we need to prosecute this case.”

    Springstead admitted that putting a parrot on the witness stand could get complicated.

    He told CBS affiliate WWJ-TV last week that he “highly doubts there is any precedent” for using a bird’s speech as evidence. When a judge asks someone to raise their right hand, he wondered, “to a parrot, are you raising a wing, a foot?”
    More at the link...

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    Aug 2014
    Attorney for woman accused of killing husband requests competency exam

    The attorney for a woman accused of killing her husband last year is requesting that she undergo a mental health competency exam.

    Glenna Duram, 48, is charged with first-degree murder and felony firearm for the shooting death of 46-year-old Martin Duram in their Sand Lake area home.
    Police said Glenna Duram shot herself in a suicide attempt after shooting her husband five times. She was found severely injured near Martin Duram's body when a concerned neighbor summoned authorities to their Ensley Township home on May 13, 2015.

    An autopsy report showed Martin Duram was struck in the chest, back and forearm. His wife suffered a head wound.

    Newaygo County Prosecutor Robert Springstead has declined to talk about a possible motive for the killing. Hundreds of police reports detail financial issues as well as relatives' claims that until the weeks leading up to his death, Martin Duram was unaware their home was in foreclosure.

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    Aug 2010
    "A woman accused of killing her husband in an attempted murder-suicide - with their pet parrot as the only witness - appeared in court for the first time.

    Glenna Duram, 46, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting her husband, Martin, 45, on May 12, 2015 and then turning the gun on herself in their Newaygo County's Ensley Township home in Michigan. She survived.

    The alleged murder-suicide has drawn attention for its unusual witness - the couple's pet parrot. Weeks after his death, Martin Duram's family recorded the bird 'parroting' what they believe to be the victim's last words: 'Don't f***ing shoot!'

    The prosecutor says he hasn't ruled out putting the African grey parrot, Bud, on the stand, according to NBC News."

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4RmU9fG1B

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    After a second day of preliminary testimony, the judge determined there was enough evidence to send Glenna Duram to trial for the murder of her husband Marty in May 2015.

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    Aug 2015
    Murder trial of Newaygo woman begins
    The murder trial of Glenna Duram began Friday.

    Duram is accused of killing her husband, Marty, at the Newaygo County home in May 2015.
    Testimony begins in Newaygo County murder trial
    Day one of testimony for Glenna Duram, the wife accused of murdering her husband in 2015, began Monday.

    Roughly 12 of the estimated 60 witnesses took the stand Monday in Newaygo County. Family members tell FOX 17 News the most difficult part of the day was seeing a picture of Marty Duram dead on his bedroom floor.

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    Oct 2008
    Newaygo Co. woman found guilty in murder of husband

    Duram is expected back in court for sentencing on Aug. 28.

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    Oct 2014
    Woman receives life sentence for husband's murder


    Glenna Duram was sentenced to life without parole Monday, Aug. 28, in Newaygo County Circuit Court, according to the county prosecutor's office.

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