Opening arguments today in new Parvin trial

PARVIN

PARVIN

By JB Clark

Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – After two days of questioning a pool of potential jurors, 12 Monroe County residents were chosen to hear the murder trial of David Parvin, who is charged in the 2007 death of his wife.

Parvin, who is represented by Jim and Rachel Pierce Waide, was found guilty of the murder in 2011 by a Monroe County jury and sentenced to life in prison. But a 2013 Mississippi Supreme Court decision vacated his conviction and ordered a new trial, saying the court erred in allowing the jury to hear ballistics evidence from forensic pathologist Steven Hayne when Hayne was not qualified to give such opinions.

Parvin, a 76-year-old agricultural economics professor, claims his wife’s death was an accident.

In his previous trial, the defense insisted that Parvin was armed with a loaded gun to go outside and shoot beavers.

He also said the gun accidentally discharged and shot his wife when he tripped inside the house.

The jury was seated at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and told they will hear opening arguments first thing this morning followed by the presentation of the state’s case against Parvin.

Assistant District Attorney Paul Gault said he expects to rest his case on Thursday. Circuit Court Judge Paul Funderburk told potential jurors to expect to be in court until early next week.

Parvin has been in the Monroe County Jail since July 25 when he was released from his life sentence in state prison. Funderburk revoked Parvin’s bail after he got into verbal and physical altercations with deputies at the Aberdeen jail.

jb.clark@journalinc.com