Parvin gets bail, attorneys work on release

By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal

FULTON – Bail has been granted for a former university professor accused of killing his wife.
Circuit Judge Paul Funderburk approved $75,000 bond for Dr. David Parvin, who has been held in East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian since his 2011 conviction in the shooting death of Joyce Parvin at their Monroe County home.
It was not immediately clear how long it will take for Parvin to be released into the custody of his defense attorneys.
One stipulation by Funderburk is that Parvin not have any contact with the couple’s three daughters.
Parvin, now 73 and a former Mississippi State economics professor, was arrested in 2009 and charged with his wife’s death in 2007. She was found shot in their Aberdeen Marina area home.
At trial, he insisted his rifle discharged accidentally when he tripped.
Recently, the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed his conviction and granted him a new trial after justices agreed 8-0 that certain trial errors warranted the action.
Especially significant was testimony from a forensic scientist, whom the appeals court deemed was not qualified to offer opinions about ballistics. Also deemed questionable was a graphic depiction of what prosecutors believed happened at the Parvin home, based on the forensic expert’s opinions.
The Monroe County jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to life in prison.
No date is yet set for the new trial.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com