A woman standing trial for the killing of her husband may have to face a key witness to the crime – a pet parrot.
Glenna Durham is suspected to have shot and killed her husband Martin over problems surrounding unpaid bills and gambling debts, and ever since the incident which took place on May 12, 2015, the African grey parrot named Bud, has been repeating the words “don’t f*****g shoot.”
Glenna also received a gunshot wound to the head which left her having to recover over the course of a year, but it is believed that it was self-inflicted and she will now stand trial for the murder.
Although Glenna has stated that she remembers nothing of the day, she is adamant of the fact that she did not kill her husband. However, police discovered three suicide notes addressed to her ex-husband and three of her children, which suggest she was emotionally unstable.
At the preliminary hearing, one witness – neighbour Connie Ream – spoke of how she heard two gunshot sounds and went to check on the couple next door. She assumed the husband may have been out hunting, but found them both motionless on the floor.
Another witness described the home as appearing “ransacked” and said that “everything was just scattered all over the place.”
The gun used in the shooting was one of Martin’s and the incident took place in front of their pet, who has also been saying “get out” and “where will I go?” – phrases which could have arisen during the argument.
Martin’s ex-wife Christine Keller is calling for the parrot’s words to be used in court as she believes that this could count as vital evidence.
“I believe with all my heart that those are the last words of Marty,” she said.
Prosecuting attorney Robert Springstead, who is fighting the case, has said that he and his colleagues have been studying the parrot’s words to determine if they could be admissible evidence.