Suspect in 2008 murder makes court appearance

MARINETTE – The suspect in a 2008 murder made his initial appearance in Marinette County court Monday morning, via video.

Erik Smith allegedly killed Eric Volp. Prosecutors allege the two left a Michigan bar, argued and, when Volp got out of Smith’s car, Smith ran him over. Smith then put Volp’s body in the trunk, prosecutors say, and drove to a stream in Marinette County, where he left the body.

Bond was set at $250,000 cash, according to online court records, although Smith is currently serving a federal prison sentence on unrelated charges.

A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday afternoon.

He was sentenced to more than 19 years in prison after being convicted of possessing child pornography in 2010.