By Ray Van Dusen
ABERDEEN – Jury selection begins today in Monroe County Circuit Court for David Parvin.
A Monroe County grand jury found the retired Mississippi State University economics professor guilty in the 2007 murder of his wife, Joyce, at their Aberdeen home. Parvin maintains it was an accidental shooting, caused when he tripped inside their home and the shotgun he was carrying discharged.
In 2011, Parvin was sentenced to life in prison.
The Mississippi Supreme Court ordered the new trial last April for Parvin. Justices said the trial court in the original hearing was wrong to allow certain evidence. While the new trial was set for last November, it was delayed.
Parvin was denied bail last fall pending the new trial.
Judge Paul Funderburk will preside over the trial. Parvin’s attorneys are Jim and Rachel Waide of Waide & Associates in Tupelo. The upcoming trial is expected to last all week.