African Grey parrots are known for their ability to vocalize human speech. It’s an amazing feat, believed to be the greatest out of all parrot species, but one that might put a bird in a very unusual spot.
Prosecutors in a murder case out of Sand Lake, Michigan, want to use Bud the parrot as a witness, the Detroit Free Press reports. Bud’s owner Martin Duram was shot to death in May 2015 and his wife, Glenna, is the primary suspect. Lawyers believe she shot Martin after an argument then turned the gun on herself in an attempted suicide. She awaits trial in jail.
Not long after Martin’s death, Bud went to live with Martin’s former wife, Christine Keller. She reportedly began hearing the parrot utter some unsettling dialogue, using a man’s voice for one side and a woman’s voice for the other.
“Get out,” Bud would say in a man’s voice.
“Where will I go?” he’d reply in a woman’s voice.
And lastly, in a man’s voice, Bud shockingly would end the conversation with: “Don’t f——cking shoot.”
Keller says she has little doubt as to what the conversation is about.
“I believe with all my heart that those are the last words of Marty,” she told the Detroit Free Press. “I recognize two different voices screaming and yelling and it always ends with, ‘Don’t f——cking shoot.’”
Newago County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Springstead told the news outlet that his team is analyzing the parrot’s words, to see if they are admissible evidence.