Nicaragua Frees Nashville Man at Center of International Case

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - A judge in Nicaragua freed a Nashville man Friday in a murder case that's attracted international attention.

Twenty-eight-year-old Eric Volz is now reported recuperating in safety at an undisclosed location other than Nicaragua.

On Monday an appeals court overturned his conviction and 30-year-sentence in the 2006 slaying of his Nicaraguan girlfriend.

Volz was released from a prison hospital and was accompanied by his mother who later flew back without him to Nashville.

Hordes of news media formed a caravan behind Volz's police-escorted car as it left the prison hospital, where he was treated for kidney stones.

Television images showed Volz wearing a bulletproof vest.

He had been convicted in the death of 25-year-old Doris Ivania Jimenez, but his successful appeal enraged prosecutors, human rights and women's rights activists who believe Volz is guilty.

Volz was sentenced in February for the rape and slaying.