Statement of Facts in Connection with Eric Volz' Whereabouts on November 21, 2006
Doris Ivanez Jimenez was murdered on Tuesday, November 21, 2006,
between 11:45 am and 1:00 pm, inside a clothing store she owned, Sol
Fashion, in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.
On the day of her murder, Eric Volz was over two (2) hours away in
Managua. The proof that Eric was in Managua and innocent of this crime
is conclusive. Many witnesses have given written statements and will
testify that Eric was in Managua on the day of the murder. These
statements are available to anyone who would like to review them. In
addition to these many eyewitnesses, no physical evidence exists that
would connect Eric to this murder.
Throughout the evening of November 20, 2006, Eric was in Managua at
the house where he lived. Eric's house also serves as the offices of EP
magazine, a bilingual Central American magazine. Eric awoke there the
morning of November 21, 2006, and entered the office area at around
9:15 am. The housekeeper, a security guard and no fewer than five EP
workers were there at the time, saw Eric, and have given written
statements confirming this fact. Eric's defense counsel has these
written statements, which are available for anyone to review.
At around 10:30 am, Eric received a visit from Maria Mercedes, who
works at Etica y Transparencia, a non-profit organization. Maria had
been on the cover of the launch issue of EP. Maria Mercedes brought
along a friend and they met with Eric at the offices for about half an
hour, until approximately 11:00 am.
Around 11:30 am, Eric met with Ricardo Castillo, a potential
contributing editor who is a journalist working with diverse foreign
media including the BBC of London and America Economia. Several EP
workers observed the meeting with Castillo. This meeting also included
a telephone conference call with Castillo and a business contact in
Atlanta, Georgia (USA), Nick Purdy.
This 54-minute conference call ended at 1:15 pm and is documented by
phone records that are available to anyone who wishes to review them.
Also available are Nick Purdy's personal notes and instant messages
(IM) from Eric showing that in total the two were engaged in intensive,
back and forth business communications from approximately 9:21 am until
2:07 pm. In addition to these telephone records, cell phone records for
Eric's cell phone also confirm Eric's use of his cell phone in Managua
Eric then had lunch with Mr. Castillo and an EP
employee at the same house in Managua. The lunch, prepared by the
housekeeper, Martha Aguirre, was witnessed by other EP colleagues.
Castillo left the house around 1:30 pm. Mr. Castillo and Mr. Purdy have
provided written statements that are also available for anyone's
Eric was at his house in Managua with at least five people when he
received the tragic news that Doris was dead. Around that same time,
2:30 pm, yet another witness arrived, a hair stylist who had been
previously scheduled to be there. She, too, saw Eric at the house in
At about 3 pm, Eric rented a car, as he had done many other times, to
get to San Juan del Sur and help Doris' family. Although Eric had a car
in Managua, the rental vehicle was better suited to pass slow traffic
on the road to San Juan. The car was delivered by the rental agency to
the Managua house. Eric did not meet with the rental car staff himself.
One of his employees brought the rental car credit vouchers inside the
house for Eric to sign. Eric's Nicaraguan counsel has copies of the
vouchers showing that Eric signed the credit voucher for the car. Cell
phone records show that Eric was using his cell phone in the greater
Managua area until 4:31 pm that afternoon. On his way to San Juan del
Sur, Eric went to Rivas to pick up Doris' father, Ivan Jimenez. They
then proceeded to San Juan del Sur where Eric assisted the family with
Doris' funeral arrangements and attended her funeral.
After her funeral, Eric stayed in San Juan and pressed the police to
take action. On November 23, 2006, Eric was arrested for the murder.
The prosecution alleges that Eric was in San Juan del Sur at the time
of the crime and that he, along with two others, raped and killed
Doris. Despite the conclusive proof that Eric was in Managua at the
time of the crime, he remains imprisoned pending a trial now set on
January 26, 2007. While in prison, Eric at least twice has been
physically threatened, and on one occasion Eric was almost killed by a
mob of over 200 outside the courthouse.