Talking Parrot May Be the Sole Witness to a Homicide

Christina Anes Keller(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) -- A Michigan couple thinks a talking parrot may be able to shed some light on their son's homicide.

Lillian and Charles Duram, of Grand Rapids, say the African grey bird named Bud, which lived with their son Martin and his wife Glenna, may have witnessed the events leading to his shooting death in May of last year. Glenna also suffered a gunshot wound to the head, but survived and is now a suspect, according to ABC station WABC-TV.

The bird was filmed mimicking what Martin’s parents believe was an exchange between Martin and Glenna, WABC-TV reported. Ultimately, Bud keeps repeating the phrase, “Don’t f---ing shoot," leading the grieving parents to believe the bird was present for the moment of their son's death.

"When he started talking about the shooting, we listened because he does pick up things," Charles Duram told ABC News, adding that he believes his son and his wife had a quarrel.

Police believe Glenna shot Martin five times before shooting herself once, according to WABC-TV. They say she left three suicide notes and the gun used to commit the homicide belonged to the family. Glenna has denied killing her husband, telling police she didn't remember anything until she woke up in the hospital, WABC-TV reported.

"When couples have fights, sometimes they lose control," Duram said. "I don't want nobody convicted that didn’t do the crime."

Doreen Plotkowski, the owner of Casa la Parrot in Grand Rapids, says she believes Bud is on to something, but whether or not it could impact the case is another story, WABC-TV reported.

"It's definitely an argument between a man and a woman," she said of the recorded exchange, adding that it's not unusual for African grey parrots to mimic male and female voices. "In my mind, it's something that he's heard, definitely heard before."

Prosecutors are expected to make a decision on charges within two to three weeks, according to WABC-TV.

Michigan State Police, the Newaygo County prosecutor's office and Glenna Duram did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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