ABERDEEN, Miss. (WCBI) — The Mississippi Supreme Court confirms its order for a new trial for a former MSU professor convicted of killing his wife.
In April, the court threw out 73-year-old David Parvin’s murder conviction, saying prosecutors wrongly were allowed to use computer simulation evidence. The state appealed but the supreme court said today the ruling will stand.
Parvin was convicted in the 2007 shooting death of his wife, Joyce, while she sat at a desk working at a computer at their home on Deer Road in Aberdeen.
He claimed the gun he was carrying went off when he tripped. Investigators originally ruled the death a homicide but two years later, charged him with murder.
He was convicted in 2011 and given a life sentence.
Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling means Parvin likely will be released from prison until another trial date can be set.