Nashville man freed from Nicaraguan prison criticizes news media

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Nashville man who was held for more than a year in a Nicaraguan prison has accused the media there of being paid off.

Eric Volz, who received death threats after his murder conviction was overturned, was in hiding for months even after his release in December and return to the U.S.

Volz told a journalism class at Belmont University in Nashville that most of the Nicaraguan coverage of his case was biased against the possibility of his innocence.

He claimed several members of the Nicaraguan press took payoffs.

Volz said there were sympathetic American news stories, but said they were not "the tipping point" in leading to his release.

An appeals court overturned Volz' conviction in the killing of 25-year-old Doris Ivania Jimenez. Volz has said he was two hours away when the woman died.

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