It’s the unlikeliest of witnesses: An African grey parrot named Bud could be the sole observer of an unsolved Michigan murder.
Martin Durham, 45, was shot and killed in Ensley Township, Michigan more than a year ago, but police were unable to uncover the motive or perpetrator. Durham’s wife, Glenna, was also found with a bullet in her head, but the shot was not fatal and she survived.
Now, thanks to the words of a parrot, police suspect Durham’s murder could have been a part of a failed murder-suicide planned by his wife, The Independent reports.
In a video taken by Durham’s parents, the parrot , which resided in the Durham home, repeats “Don’t f*cking shoot” multiple times.
According to Durham’s father, “I personally think [the parrot] was there and he remembers it and he was saying it.” His mother agrees, noting, “That bird picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around.”
Prosecutors involved in the case only recently became aware of the video with the parrot, and it could certainly have an impact on future proceedings.
Durham’s wife still maintains that she had nothing to do with the murder.
If Durham’s pet parrot did indeed hear his last words as he attempted to save his life, it would certainly be a set of circumstances usually only found on “Criminal Minds” or “CSI.”
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