ENSLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The parents and ex-wife of a western Michigan man believe a parrot is repeating something said just before his fatal shooting, but a prosecutor is downplaying whether it could be used in court.
Newaygo County Prosecutor Robert Springstead told The Associated Press on Monday he “highly doubts there is any precedent” that what’s repeated by a parrot can be used as evidence. Springstead says that when a judge says to raise a right hand, “to a parrot, are you raising a wing, a foot?”
Martin Duram was slain in Ensley Township in May 2015. Then-wife Glenna Duram had a head wound, but survived.
Ex-wife Christina Keller tells WOOD-TV that Martin Duram’s parrot, Bud, has repeated “don’t (expletive) shoot” in Martin’s voice. The bird is shown on video at his cage repeating certain phrases as if it were arguing. It sounds like the bird is changing voices during its rant.
WOOD-TV reports that Duram’s mother, Lillian, said the bird picks up “everything and anything” and that it mimicked both Duram and his wife.
“I personally think he was there and he remembers it and he was saying it,” said Martin’s father, Charles Duram.
The death remains under investigation.