Trial delayed against murder suspect Eric Volz

Trial delayed against murder suspect Eric Volz

Trial delayed against murder suspect Eric VolzOn this day in 2007, entrepreneur Eric Volz was due to go on trial in a Nicaraguan court for the rape and murder of his ex-girlfriend, Doris Jimenez. Volz, an American, had emigrated to Nicaragua a year previously and was busy laying the foundations of a successful business when he found himself the chief suspect of the case. Though evidence against Volz was hard to find – his alibi, supported by numerous colleagues and associates placed him over two hours’ drive away from the scene of the crime. Other suspects were also unable to account for themselves and bore scars typical to the kind of attack believed to have taken place. This lead many, particularly in Volz’s homeland, to believe he was being framed in order to make an example to other foreigners settling in the country. If this was the intention of the prosecutors, they certainly achieved their goal. Volz came under unprecedented attacks from a furious public in the run up to the trial, with mass protests against him boiling over into crowd violence on more than one occasion. It was in this threatening and volatile atmosphere that the decision was taken to delay his trial. Despite this respite, Volz would eventually stand trial and was convicted to thirty years in prison. The verdict was later overturned due to lack of evidence and Volz would walk free.