ABERDEEN – Dr. David Parvin awaits a Mississippi Supreme Court answer to whether he will get bail while he awaits a second Monroe County trial on charges he murdered his wife six years ago.
Parvin, a 76-year-old retired university professor, was released from state prison last spring after the state’s highest court threw out his conviction and ordered a new trial.
He also was granted bail until a new trial, but the bail was revoked by Circuit Judge Paul Funderburk when Parvin got into an altercation with Monroe County deputies when Parvin insisted he be allowed to go home after his transfer from prison.
His attorneys, Jim Waide and Rachel Pierce Waide of Tupelo, first asked the MSSC to grant bail Sept. 23, but renewed their motion Thursday. Co-counsel is James L. Robertson of Jackson.
Parvin maintains that his wife’s death was an accident when the shotgun he carried, allegedly to go outside and shoot beavers, discharged in the house when he tripped.
A jury convicted him in 2011 and Funderburk sentenced him to life in prison.
A second trial was set to begin Nov. 12, but the state asked for more time after the defense reported new evidence in the case.
In its appeal to the Supreme Court, Parvin’s attorneys say it’s the state’s fault the trial was delayed and their client should be set free. The appeal asks the court to order the circuit court to set bail or to set the bail itself.