By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – Appeals attorneys seek psychiatric help for a formerly convicted Monroe County man after concerns raised about his mental state.
Circuit Judge Paul Funderburk last Wednesday revoked bond for Dr. David Parvin, a retired Mississippi State University economics professor, after his release from two years in state prison for the 2007 shooting death of his wife, Joyce, at their Aberdeen marina home.
Parvin, now almost 74, gained his freedom June 25 after the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial.
But after he was escorted back home, his legal team reportedly raised alarms about his mental condition.
Funderburk revoked the $75,000 bond he’d approved last month and ordered Parvin detained in the Monroe County Jail.
“Based on information received by the court” that Parvin “constitutes a danger to himself and/or others,” the judge wrote in his June 26 order, the bond was revoked.
Rachel Pierce Waide of Tupelo, one of Parvin’s appeals attorneys, said his defense team hopes to get him to a psychiatrist by Wednesday.
Parvin was arrested in 2009 and charged with his wife’s murder. At trial in 2011, he insisted his rifle discharged accidentally when he tripped in the house.
In mid-April, the state’s highest court agreed 8-0 that sufficient errors at his trial required a new examination of the evidence. Justice David Chandler did not participate in the vote.
Chiefly, the MSSC order said, certain ballistics testimony by forensic pathologist Dr. Steven Hayne should not have been allowed, as well as computer-generated images based on Hayne’s conjectures about Mrs. Parvin’s death.
Immediately after Parvin’s conviction and life sentence, he was imprisoned at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian.
Appeals attorney Jim Waide of Tupelo said recently that Parvin’s prison experience was “horrendous” and that his client was forced to pay “protection” money to other inmates to avoid being physically harmed.
Parvin also is represented by Jackson attorney James L. Robertson with support from the Mississippi Innocence Project.