Murder conviction of Nashville man overturned in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- A Nicaraguan appeals court has overturned the conviction of a Nashville man sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his Nicaraguan girlfriend.

However, a Web site set up by friends and supporters of Eric Volz reports that he is still being detained illegally in the country.

The appeals court Monday upheld the 30-year sentence of his alleged accomplice, Julio Martin Chamorro. Both were sentenced in February for the death of Doris Ivania Jimenez, who was found raped and strangled in November 2006 in a clothing store she owned.

The case attracted widespread attention in the U.S. news media.

The Web site says a judge in Nicaragua has refused to sign release papers despite the decision.

Volz has proclaimed his innocence from the beginning, saying he was two hours away when the crime occurred.

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