A Nicaraguan appeals court has overturned the conviction of a Nashville man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison there. Eric Volz was accused in the rape and strangling death of his Nicaraguan girlfriend.
The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua has been working closely with Volz for more than a year as his attorneys tried to exonerate him. State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez says the revoked conviction should lead to the 28-year-old’s release.
“We understand under the Nicaraguan judicial system, the ruling may take a few days to implement. That said, I know the embassy has called on Nicaraguan officials to ensure a fair and transparent process.”
Media reports in Nicaragua indicate the country’s attorney general has pledged to appeal (today’s/yesterday’s) decision. While Volz could soon be freed, the appeals court upheld the conviction of his alleged accomplice.
Press accounts of Volz’ February murder trial paint an angry mob at the courthouse which required armed guards for state department officials and Volz, himself.
Friends and family members here in Nashville have held numerous fundraisers to help pay for mounting legal costs.