Parvin appeals pretrial bond to federal court

djournal-In-the-NewsBy Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Attorneys for Dr. David Parvin have asked a federal judge to order his release on bond.

Parvin, 76, remains in the Monroe County Jail facing a new murder trial in the 2007 shooting death of his wife, Joyce.

“Parvin is still being imprisoned without a valid conviction,” Tupelo attorney Jim Waide tells U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael P. Mills in a brief supporting the request for bond.

Last April, the retired university economics professor was freed from a life sentence after the Mississippi Supreme Court agreed the expert testimony during his 2011 trial “was speculative and unreliable,” Waide tells the court.

MSSC overthrew Parvin’s conviction and ordered a new trial, but his bond was revoked after Parvin got into an altercation with deputies as he demanded immediate release at the Monroe County Jail.

Parvin’s new trial is expected in May before Judge Paul Funderburk.

The bond appeal to federal court follows Funderburk’s Aug. 27 denial after the state objected to the bail.

Waide tells the court the state has not proved Parvin “a special danger” to anyone and that his continued confinement violates his rights to due process.

He also insists Parvin’s continued incarceration is causing him psychological harm, as well as harms the defense’s ability to prepare for trial.

In November, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied his appeal for bond.

Prior to his 2011 trial, Parvin was free on bond.

patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com