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Convicted murderer denied appeal

Thursday, November 1, 2012

David Niles
(T-G file photo)
The Tennessee Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a Bedford County man serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Last week, the state's high court denied an appeal application from David Edward Niles, who was convicted in the Jan. 11, 2010, shooting death of 26-year-old Laura Parker, the mother of his son.

Niles had claimed in his appeal that Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler erred by denying his motion to suppress evidence seized during the search of his residence, also claiming there wasn't enough evidence to convict him and that Crigler abused his discretion in denying a motion for funds for a psychiatrist.


Crigler's judgement was upheld in June by Appellate Judge Camille R. McMullen, who wrote that Niles provided "only unsupported assertions" that a psychiatrist might have been of help in his case, failing to show that testimony from an expert was necessary in order to receive a fair trial.

Niles had also tried to have evidence suppressed before his trial, but McMullen ruled that Nile's wife had "freely, specifically, intelligently, and unequivocally gave consent for a search," which turned up key evidence in the case.

McMullen had also stated that the record in the case "contains overwhelming evidence of premeditation," including evidence indicating an attempt to conceal the crime prior to the killing.

Niles had confessed to a Bedford County jailer that God told him to kill Parker because she was an unfit mother to their then 4-year-old son. He also told the jailer that he had conducted online research on how to defeat ballistics testing through the use of a replacement barrel and firing pin.

McMullen wrote that "there was more than sufficient evidence supporting Niles's conviction for first degree premeditated murder."