September 5, 2008

Teacher's husband kills her teen lover

Posted: 01:38 PM ET

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Opening statements and testimony got under way Friday in the trial of Eric McLean. A jury of six men and six women were selected yesterday to decide beyond a reasonable doubt whether McLean is guilty of first-degree murder.

McLean, 33, has admitted he fatally shot 18-year-old Sean Powell last year in Knoxville, Tennessee. Prosecutors say McLean intentionally and with premeditation shot the younger man after learning that he had been having an affair with his wife, Erin McLean. Powell was a former student of Erin McLean’s.

Most of the jurors claimed to know few facts about the case. A couple said they had not heard about the case at all until they were informed by the judge during jury selection.

The jurors and two alternate jurors (one man, one woman) will be sequestered at an undisclosed hotel for the duration of the trial. Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz ordered the panel to avoid all local or national news coverage of the case and provided the jurors with a list of cable channels they can watch. The list includes “Animal Planet,” “HGTV,” and “C-Span.” The judge also ordered the jurors not to speak to anyone about the case and that if they want to speak on the telephone, it must be supervised by court personnel.

Several of the prospective jurors who were dismissed had expressed strong opinions about McLean’s guilt or innocence. One woman questioned McLean’s demeanor during voir dire. When asked by the judge what her concern was, she burst into tears, pointed at the defendant and said “If it (the trial) is important to him, then he needs to stay awake!” Hours earlier, outside the presence of the prospective jurors, Judge Leibowitz asked the defendant if he felt okay. McLean appeared faint and was rubbing his eyes or holding his head in his hands during the morning’s proceedings. His attorney, Bruce Poston, told the judge that McLean had been sick all of Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

McLean’s and Powell’s family members sat in the gallery during jury selection. Powell’s adoptive parents and brother wore a pin bearing his photograph. Powell’s biological mother attended the court proceeding briefly in the morning but left after reportedly making members of the McLean family cry by asking what their reaction would be if someone shot Eric McLean in the head.

McLean faces life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Stay tuned to In Session, we'll continue to bring you live coverage of the trial next week.


-In Session staff

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Victoria Faucher   September 5th, 2008 2:34 pm ET

Erin Mclean should be the one sitting in the defendants seat. She and her young lover flaunted their affair and drove Eric to the breaking point. I've been there and I know how much it hurts

Harry Smith   September 5th, 2008 2:36 pm ET

This case is a good example of how many people have become confused due to the erosion of societal morals, and norms. Many people don't know what the rules are..... put that together with a manipulative shrew and it's no wonder something horrible happens. A hundred years ago an 18 year old would know for certain he very likely would face being killed by taking another man's wife. As for the wife.... perhaps she deserved the fate of he lover much more than he did.

Donna B   September 5th, 2008 2:39 pm ET

I understand this trial will continue through the weekend. Will it be avaiable to viewed live via web? Thank you

Danielle   September 5th, 2008 2:53 pm ET

Its hard not to feel sorry for the defendant. I think anybody that has been in this situation can understand the humliation. Its bad enough when you get cheated on by someone in the same age group....that has a job...bills and has lived life a little bit. Im sure the humliation is twice as bad when all this boy had to offer was sex or so it seems so far. Not that i believe that what he did was ok, but you can feel his pain.

Ralph   September 5th, 2008 3:12 pm ET

IF the story i read has any bit of truth to it, i believe that Mr.MClean was right in shooting him he should have never been trespassing whether or not it was okay with his wife, if my wife tells someone to leave then they must leave not stick around, especially if i was having an affair with them, i wish the best for you Mr.McLean, we dont need trash like powell in america anyways.

Jean   September 5th, 2008 3:17 pm ET

Based on the defendant's reaction to the pictures of the victim I am curious if he had a mental health eval to ensure he was ready for trial? I am not so sure he is mentally competent at this time to stand trial??

Miriam   September 5th, 2008 3:18 pm ET

You know, he killed someone, he admitted it. The thing to decide was it an accident or not. Well accident or not he pulled the trigger, killed a person. The victim and the wife were not ever worried about his well being they just wanted to humiliate him. He unknowingly invited the humilitation. He was well aware of what was going on but he chose to take it to a level that apparently the victim/wife did not think he would. Bad decision cost a life, all three are responsible. Unfortunately 1 paid with his life, 1 may pay with life in prison, the other 1, well she will go on to another 18 year old when this is over. She has a thing for 18 year olds. Her children need to be protected from her!!!!!!! either by her own family or another family!!!! The kids will suffer cause they know what happened, they get the worse sentence cause they had no control in this matter what so ever...

Kitty   September 5th, 2008 3:33 pm ET

I understand that no one deserves to die no matter what they have done, but I also understand that a person can only take so much and then you are pushed to the breaking point. Anyone with human feelings would be hurt beyond words to have to go through something like that. I dont know what I would do in that situation. I just hope things go the way they should for him. I can feel his pain and humiliation.

Jerri   September 5th, 2008 4:11 pm ET

I also understand why this happened. Not to say its right, but to have this young man flaunt his relationship with this man's wife in front of the husband is just wrong. They should be putting the wife on trial because she imore at fault for the death of this young man and Eric has admitted pulling the trigger. Why would you flaunt your affair in front of your husband. Maybe Eric just didn't get the fact that she obviously didn't love him?? I would have left long ago but then I didn't walk in Eric's shoes. I just hope that the jury will see the humulation that Powell and Erin put Eric through and equated to the trigger pull. I hope he gets time served...

Diane S   September 5th, 2008 4:39 pm ET

He should get some therapy. The children should get therapy. The wife ought to get charged with driving her husband over and beyond what a person can endure. There's even a limit to what can be done to terrorists in custody. Their keepers are responsible for their actions. So Why is she running around loose? How can she be allowed custody of the children? i'm digging in for the defense and I'm not budging. That woman and her lover were greasy slimy muck. No place for children to get a foothold in life with her. And I don't think he's a milque-toast. He wanted to be a band teacher, for crying out loud! She'll answer someday for what she's done to him and his children , and that nice neighborhood. And look at the prosecution defending greasy slimy muck! And building them into such examples of America's Finest. What are they thinking? This is really a case to get people thinking. Maybe schools should start offering therapy to wronged spouses of greasy slimy teachers. What are we gonna do, school boards and PTA's????

Michele Del Favero   September 5th, 2008 4:44 pm ET

Donna B, excellent question, this is an example of why I wish In Session formerly Court TV had remained with a full day of court/ legal issues coverage. I know with all things there is progress. But, I have to admit I miss the days of when "Court TV" was about the trial, the nut's and bolts with the trial being covered "gavel to gavel" and that meant into the evenings, and even on weekends. An example "The Louise Woodward Case – British Nanny excused of killing her charge", the network, covered the case and broke into programming with the verdict. It was my opinion they respected their viewers and the time they invested with their network watching the trial alas it slowly moved away from such coverage and now we can sign on to CNN to watch the rest of the trial, but without commentary, and there are still folks who do not have access to high speed modem's making it difficult to sit in front of their computer and follow the trial.

Sorry for the frustration, perhaps I am in the minority but I to would like to know if they are going to run a live stream from the courtroom tomorrow?

BTW, does anyone know why it is they have joint custody but Eric hasn't seen his children in some time. From the answers of his neighbors it seems Mr. McLean was and is a good dad, the court must have agreed if in fact they did give joint custody so why isn't seeing his kids?

john   September 5th, 2008 5:28 pm ET

Another female teacher praying on her male students, do tell. Here I thought that the stereo type that we all live under, our antiquated divorce laws support, is that men are evil, and continually abuse females. I just read an article in a womens magazine that was all about that. My ex had an affair with her boss and left, I have many male friends whose wives left in affairs, refuse to work, and collect a large amount of money from the male (non of us took violent action, but you can believe that we all thought about it, mostly we did not to protect our children, isn't that a laugh, the male is more the nurturer). I paid for my ex's education, and started a business in her name, yet I pay. Someone really needs to focus on the lack of innocence in some women, and their actions have grievous consequences. By the way, I am a proponent of faithful marriage, but it does make one wonder, when it is all about the affair or the money.

Cheryl   September 5th, 2008 6:10 pm ET

I think he was justified to shoot him. He should have shot the wife as well. Shame that the kid died. Wouldn't this be a crime of passion?

Michael J De Angelo P.A.   September 5th, 2008 6:42 pm ET

I Have been watching this trial and i am not trying to even like the accused because he did pull the trigger. But i do not think i have ever seen a more just reason to this disaster! Erik first called calmly and confused of an intruder -trespasser to 911 .that resulted in a shooting of the intruder .it is their property and was reported .later im sure found out of the affair did not seem to know of the affair when speaking with 911.Erik made it clear that he has an intruder-student stalkin his wife!!Obviously not knowing this was her lover at the time or it would have been discussed on the 911 tapes .Im real curious if shawns car was searched for any weapons at all and im real curious what ERIN said in the yard to provoke this travisty .i am appalled with this girls actions and the school system that trusted her to be a teacher in the first place!!i do not at all think this fine young adult should be responsible for these actions !!! I really want to know why Erin still has custody of children !! obviously she has an amazing power to destroy lives by using the birthday suit god has given her !!HOWcould any one trust a woman like that and how could she be trusted in any facit of life I AM sorry but if there is justice this man from all accounts ive seen deserves to have his children and the family he cares for and i think he shot the wrong one THAT IS WHY HE SAID HE MADE A MISTAKE he shot the wrong gender!!i truly do care for the familys but !!I AM A ERIC SUPPORTER!!!!!!!!!!

Citizen   September 5th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

I strongly feel for Mr. Eric McLean. His wife committed adultery on him, flaunted it, continued in the illicit affair, and caused her husband to go off the deep end and take that boys life. Erin caused all this grief because she wanted some young person to play with, and a former student on top of that. How long was it Really going on for. I really hope and pray that Mr. Eric McLean gets probation at the most, and definetly no prison time. You can clearly see that he is still suffering guilt and remorse for his actions, and that most likey was a crime of passion on his part. I personally think he should be set free and be able to continue raising his children minus that philandering ex-wife of his. Good Luck to you Eric McLean!!

diane   September 5th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

I'd like to know if there are any charges pending against Erin? Was this boy a minor at the time the affair started, that she at one time was his teacher? I think they need to find something to charge her with. I truely believe she is just as much at fault that she shouldn't get away scott free. I'd really like to see them open the doors and let this poor man out. I don't think he should be held responsible for the torture he was put through. maybe his lawyer should use that SNAPPED defense here, I think this is a better example of snapped!

Jack   September 5th, 2008 10:37 pm ET

It would be a perversion of justice to cause Mr. McClean any more suffering than he has endured. I hope the jury grants him leniency.

Scott   September 5th, 2008 10:42 pm ET

Too many people choose to do what feels good as opposed to doing what is right. If you're married, be married. If you want to mess around....perhaps you'll pay the consequences. Is it worth it? Stay faithful, work out your differences or get a divorce – or maybe you'll pay with your life. I say release the guy and lock up his wife.

ERNIE   September 5th, 2008 10:55 pm ET

I'm not sorry for this guy, he made the wrong decision, and now must pay the price. Murder is murder.

Shelly   September 5th, 2008 11:38 pm ET

Humiliated or not, he took a life. Murder is not justified because the man was sleeping with his wife. Divorce would have been a smarter course of action. And, yes she was messing around, does that make it her fault that her husband killed her lover? Again, no. She deserved a divorce, not this. Obviously there was something already wrong in their marriage, and I think the fact that he snapped so violently seems to lend itself to that theory. One more thing, men mess around on their wives all the time and it usually ends in divorce, not murder. Please do not try to justify his actions.

Karl   September 6th, 2008 1:53 am ET

Free McLean and put his wife in jail!

carrotcake   September 6th, 2008 9:01 am ET

As for the way things go, you just never know, and we will never know. But, you cant make someone love you, and you cant treat a wife or husband as they were a piece of property that one would purchase. It just doesnt go that way.If this was the case, then we would all get a paid in full bill .People do fall in and out of love. If you commit a crime, then expect to face what comes your way!! As far as the victims of murder, they have no say so in the final outcome. Im sure that if a murderd person could speak, their side could be heard. A defendent can say just about anything that they want. Some things are too good to be true.!!! something to think about.For this Mclean thing, well alot of stories have been thrown out into the pulic. Stories of a rifle being stolen, then purchased, then who knows. A truck drove off, after the killing, then a Honda!!!. I would really like to get the correct information. It appears that we are being mislead on some stories. How sad.

Michael J De Angelo P.A.   September 6th, 2008 10:36 am ET

I am taking off work today just too see if justice will be served i certainly believe 3 years is in order for the shooting but i am very directly hoping somewhere along the line ERIN will be brought in as an accessory to this crime of certain passion!!!

Brandon   September 6th, 2008 12:56 pm ET

The wife is the piece of garbage here. Her actions set the wheels in motion. The root of the problem is her. Her husband reacted to her actions. SHE is responsible for someone's death.

Leah   September 6th, 2008 2:35 pm ET

You guys are ridiculous. There is no reason to kill another person based on infidelity & especially to sympathize with that person. I understand other factors were involved but unless your life is directly threatened and you had the need to defend yourself that other person should be alive today. What if this was someone that you knew? A brother, friend, father. You certainly would feel differently, I would hope.

Sarah   September 6th, 2008 2:51 pm ET

The question here really is, "Does loving someone and being romantically involved with them grant ownership?"

Her lover was 18. Whether or not he had been a student of hers at one point, he was not during their affair. That makes them two consenting adults. She made a choice regarding who she wanted to mate with, as did he.

Her husband did not own her. And he was free to call it quits when he discovered the affair. He CHOSE to kill a man, rather than to be a reasonable adult and move on.

Katie   September 6th, 2008 3:07 pm ET

I understand the humiliation he had to go through, and it's horrible that his wife had an affair, but he did something worse: he killed someone. This was not a case of extreme emotional disturbance. His humiliation should not deter from the fact that he acted with premeditation.

jackie   September 6th, 2008 3:13 pm ET

I hope they throw the book at him,murerer! i normaly feel sorry for all families involved but after hearing that mcleans family couldnt stand to sit through the trial i dont care. he murdered someone and 18 or not he was still a kid and we more mature adults know that,put the cheating wife on trial, she needs to be,freak.

jeff   September 6th, 2008 3:44 pm ET

What will his wife be charge with? she should be charge with
first-degree murder because powell was a young man
so that makes her a child molester and a murderer.
she got him killed you can not blame powell he was
a young man. when you were his age with
a hot teacher you would do the samething

Cindy   September 6th, 2008 7:05 pm ET

Please let us know if the true guilty party will ever be charged. Erin McLean needs to be charged with something. I heard about a case like this YEARS ago, down South, and the accused man was found guilty. And he was fined $500. Erin needs to be charged with the death of the 18 year old victim. What a tragedy.

Callysto   September 6th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

The homewrecker is dead. The iies werealready ruined. Hisemmblance or pace and orde shatttred by the affair. He can't get any of it back. But he did end the source propblem. So it doesn't matter anymore what the verdict is. And with the defendant knows that. justice/vengeance has cem and gone.

Mary L   September 6th, 2008 11:05 pm ET

She has just as much culpabilty as he does. why isn't she on trial for child molestation?

judy maxwell   September 6th, 2008 11:10 pm ET

this man was pushed to the limit. I hope he walks.

Brian, Detroit, MI   September 7th, 2008 1:28 am ET

We all have our limits.

Jay   September 7th, 2008 1:52 am ET

Considering how divorce laws typically favor women taking their soon-to-be ex's to the cleaners, I can understand how and why this guy snapped with his evil shrew of a wife rubbing his nose in her illicit affair. She probably made it a point to tell him that he was going to be paying for the home that she was going to make with her teenaged lover. That's enough to push any self-respecting man right over the edge.

Chance are this evil Erin was betting on it, too.

This guy should walk. Erin ought to get charged, tried and convicted for this entire sordid mess.

Bob Meade   September 7th, 2008 5:35 pm ET

"Erin Mclean should be the one sitting in the defendants seat. "

I agree. What a hobag. If teachers had to do mandatory time for preying on their students you would see a lot less of this crap.

Andrew   September 7th, 2008 6:38 pm ET

"I understand that no one deserves to die no matter what they have done"

If you'd stop right there, i'd agree with you. This desire to blame the wife, who did not kill anyone, and not the husband, who did kill someone, is puzzling to me. You don't get the death penalty for adultery.

stephanie   September 8th, 2008 1:26 am ET

Let's not forget who the victim is here folks! An 18 year old kid. Think about it.... you can not even purchase alcohol legally at this age. I know first hand the heartache that this boy's family is feeling. My cousin Chris was killed when he was only 17 years old by a jealous ex husband. The woman was about 10 years older than him. She told Chris that it was over with them, but in all honesty she was playing both the husband and my young cousin. My family tried to tell him that it was a bad situation, but Chris said that he loved her and had never felt that way about a girl before. Then one night Chris was at her apt asleep on the couch and he came in with a twelve gauge shot gun. My poor cousin didn't have a chance. When the man shot the lock off the door Chris ran to the balcony to try to jump, as this was the only other escape. The apt was on the third floor at the top of a huge hill. The man shot my young cousin in the back as he was trying to jump off the balcony. The girl was left unharmed. The man who killed my cousin will end up only spending 15 years total. The woman got off scott free and is now remarried. This was a child, someones beautiful and loving child! Someone tonight clutches the picture of their baby that was ripped away from them. They will never see their child graduate from college... go to a wedding.... every family reunion from this day forward will be tinged with heartbreak, because the smile and laughter of the person they love will not be seen or heard ever again. So please as you set in judgement and say I feel for the guy about to go on trial cause this man was cheating with his wife.... remember that this child was charmed by the woman who would later lead him like a lamb to slaughter before he even graduated high school. She abused her position and took advantage of him. Think about it... what did you know about love when you were in high school. She should be on trial along with her husband.

Ted Blevins   September 8th, 2008 9:24 am ET

NO. Why even get married if its going to open!! Things such as this happens, and you have 1 dead, 1 on trial, and 1 free to do whatever she wants.

Laurie   September 8th, 2008 11:16 am ET

What did Erin McLean think her husband was going to do when she was parading her little boy toy around him? Granted nobody deserves to die, but when someone snaps, they don't even know what they are doing until after the fact. I think Erin needs to be on the witness stand and explain to Sean's parents why she did what she did. She's the one that put him in harms way.

Rose   September 8th, 2008 11:20 am ET

I feel so bad for Mr. MClean, he was doing what any husband or father would do and that was to protect his family and keep them together. The 18 year old, was too young to know better, he was taken
in by the older woman. The older woman, if she wanted out she should
have been honest and left, not abuse her partner. I can imagine the humiliation, I know, I have been through the same thing, if you stay things will keep escalating and that is exactly what happened. Mr. Mclean went to far in taking someone's life, but I feel no one has right to take anyone's life for any reason. I can see his remorse and hurt in the court hearing and that should count for something. Unless, you have been through it – you cannot understand the tremendous hurt and humiliation.

SUSAN   September 8th, 2008 11:32 am ET


Doug   September 8th, 2008 12:06 pm ET

He admitted to the killing, as said before, they now have to determine whether pre-meditated or not.
Whether she 'flaunted' her affair is a moot point, many married people have affairs that don't end in murder. There was another option...DIVORCE.
I do think the wife bears some responsibility too. Again, she had option of divorce.
Lives have been ruined when none had to be ruined.

kelly   September 8th, 2008 12:15 pm ET

Whether he was drowning in pain or not...he killed an 18 year old boy!!! It was no accident for I'm sure he knew what he was doing!! He should be charged for murder. Affair or no...murder is not going to provide vindication! It's just one more thing person needs justice served! How is that right?

Emmy   September 8th, 2008 12:45 pm ET

every1 was basically in the wrong, but killing is goin too far

Michelle   September 8th, 2008 1:09 pm ET

I believe that the defendant went overboard by taking seans life but at the same time I have to say that I do understand. I have been through the same thing, being cheated on and all and it hurts very, very much. I can totally understand him losing control the way he's just sad that people do this to one another, cheat that is..people dont realize how wrong it is, and how much hurt it can isn't right! If I were on that jury Id let him off with a light sentence..considering the circumstances..

DENISE   September 8th, 2008 1:34 pm ET

Just because the wifes morals are messed up, it doesnt give the husband the right to kill a 18 year old boy.

Mike   September 8th, 2008 1:35 pm ET

He may have been just a young boy but, he also must have known it was wrong to mess with another mans woman (wife).
I feel bad for his familly and wish they had instilled in him the sense to not carry on with this married woman.
No one wins when these situations occur.

Pops   September 8th, 2008 11:38 pm ET

When I was in the military, I was away at a school for 8 weeks, my wife at the time moved another man into our house, with our kids, and tried to create him as a father figure within 2 weeks of me leaving. The kids were confused, I had to hear about it from my friends, she finally confessed and asked for a divorce even before I got back to try to work it out. It was a horrible feeling of betrayal and loss, I couldn't eat, couldn't sleep and couldn't think straight. Unlees you have experienced it, you cannot imagine the mental anguish and physical pain an affair can cause. Fortunately I had some good friends to help me through it. I didn't shoot my wife's lover, and their relationship only lasted a year. He moved to a different state. As my kids grew up, they related how he had yelled and hit them, and their mother. I can't believe someone would throw away marriage for a fling that lasted a year.

lynn   September 9th, 2008 10:51 am ET

The blame for the death of the student that was having an affair with the teacher rests 90% on the shoulders of the wife/teacher. The husband may have caused the death of the student but it was the result of his emotions being played with by his wife. His wife and her student messed with his emotions. It's a shame that the husband couldn't get a grip on his feelings and realize that his adulterous wife wasn't worth his love. Even though the husband caused the students death, it was a due to the pain that the wife and her boyfriend caused him that pushed him to the act of murder. I do not believe in killing someone that has wronged you but I totally understand the husbands pain and how he could lose control of himself. I feel sorry for the student that died and I feel sorry for the husband. I feel no sorrow for the adulterous wife/teacher. She put the whole tragedy in motion.

carrotcake   September 9th, 2008 10:56 am ET

why can't the prosecution use erin mclean's grand jury testimony?

Destiny Lawson   September 9th, 2008 1:35 pm ET

Im praying for you Eric!!!!! Just be strong, you do not need this or that woman that hurt you. She caused this. I know the guilt and sorrow you feel for what happened. Im so sorry that this is what has happened to your life, and everyone is making a spectical of it. You are still human, and you will get your life back. And it will be better than what you had.

And one day you will get to see your children again. And Im sure they still love you.

Tammy Boen   September 9th, 2008 1:41 pm ET

Agreed that Eric was driven to the breaking point, but I believe it also could have been handled differently without the outcome it has come to.

Now, this boy's family, no matter what the situation, has to live without their son. Eric could have just walked away and left her, divorced her, but to cold blooded put a gun at someone's head and just shoot them without taking the time to try and work something out is uncalled for and now he is going to pay for taking his life.

I'm not condoning the fact that his wife had an affair with a teenager, we hear about things like this every day, I'm simply stating that he could have handled the situation differently, it didn't have to come to killing a young boy.

Look at it in this perspective.........millions of americans have affairs every day. Yet, you do not see every single american out there who is having an affair going out and killing someone. Does it relieve any anger that person may have? No, it doesn't. In fact what it does do is create a more bigger problem than what they had to deal with from the start and it ruins not only the person's life of which they had issues with, but they ruin their own lives as well.

Problems don't get solved by ending someone's life, they get bigger and more complicated. He is getting what he deserves.

Galen Du Bois   September 9th, 2008 1:51 pm ET

Besides that person would be alive today if she stayed faithful.

dave raider   September 9th, 2008 3:09 pm ET

i feel sorry for eric mclean
people can only take so much
then they snap. you can tell he
did not want this to happen
and he feels remorse. set him free

melissa tyson   September 9th, 2008 3:52 pm ET


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Summerrain   September 9th, 2008 4:53 pm ET

Let this be a lesson to all those BULLIES out there.
Better Watch out – your victim could SNAP

Not Guilty

shirley   September 9th, 2008 5:26 pm ET

I am on Eric's side. How much should a man go through before he looses his cool. Can His wife be charged as a co-conspiritor? Looks like she is also to blame. Sean seems like a very arrograt person to come to the home when he knew the husband would be there-like he was taunting him.

Victoria   September 9th, 2008 5:28 pm ET

In my opinion Eric Mclean tried to be a good husband and father. I is a disgrace how his wife has done him. It seems to me that both Erin and her young lover enjoyed flaunting their relationship and taunting Eric as much as possible. I feel bad for Eric and truly believe that the gun going off was accidental! In my opinion it's just too bad he did'nt kill two birds with one stone!

Joy   September 9th, 2008 7:01 pm ET

This is one of the saddest cases I have ever heard. A man with no backbone. A wife who pushed him emotionally beyond belief. What did she need from him that he could not give? He took her abuse and never retaliated. She pushed and pushed and still he remained passive......till the end. Poor guy......most likely a boring man. My heart goes out to him. He is not any kind of dangerous person. I would love to see him set free to rear his children. (impossible conclusion)

Debra Bougher   September 9th, 2008 7:09 pm ET

In my opinion, what took Eric SO LONG??? I cannot believe she abused her husband's love the way she did. WHY aren't the cops out looking for HER??? SHE should be the one arrested!!!! Better yet, SHE should be the one who has taken her last breath!!! She is NOT a fit mother and if I were on the jury it would be a hung jury, there is no way I could convict this man.
His wife and her "lover", a kid who was a dope fiend and a loser and a "punk" drove Eric to whatever happened to end in Sean's death. Great behavior for an 18 year old and a mother of two.
I pray that the jury will find it in their hearts to sentence Eric to the least time possible. He loves his children and deserves to live his life. The mother should be restricted from being with and even seeing her children. She is pathetic!!!!!! Good luck Eric, may God be with you!

sherry   September 9th, 2008 7:13 pm ET

I am sick over this whole thing, it is so sad. I think Eric felt so hurt and mentally abused by his wife and young lover that he snapped. I cannot stand the fact that his wife is responsible for this whole thing and Eric is on trial. I don't think the young boy should have lost his life but it is so obvious to me that Eric feels remorse for what happened and I cannot help but hope that he is freed. This is a terrible tragedy and I hope the wife feels guilty and sorry for the rest of her life.

Seven   September 9th, 2008 7:44 pm ET

I do think that this women(not really a women) had aplan for something happen and when her husband didn't kill him self she took it to another step. She should pay for what happened, let Eric go his pain is great and I do aswell believe that what he did will follow him a long time, as for his ex she should not have those children she has no ideal of love and family. She has taken all that and destroyed it long ago. Our prayer and thought be with you and your children Eric.

susan   September 9th, 2008 8:08 pm ET

we know that she has been spotted in colorado with another 18yrold in a tent, left her boy wandering the streets in the cold, then another 18 yr old in a flee bag motel, the prosicution can find her if they want, in fact think she is now back in the area, they don,t want her, which says they could care less about the kids, who knows if this punk grabbed the gun and it went off, she needs to be found and put in jail for child abuse, let this man go, she is the one, I keep hearing oh he could have just left, why didn't he do something, he loved the boys he really never had a way out, this wasn't pre meditated, Im sick of hearing what a rough life the 18yr old had, I had a grandfather who with two bro's dumped in a home at 2yrs old mom died dad left his bro's died from the flu, at 15 they made you leave, to work a farm, first woman was so mean he left hid in a haystack, couple took him in , were kind, met my grandma yrs later, nicest man you could ever met, served in ww1

T   September 9th, 2008 10:58 pm ET

If i tell someone to leave my property and they refuse, I get my gun tell them to leave again, they grab my gun it's self defense!! People know right from wrong. Murder, affairs of the heart, it's all wrong everybody pays for it except Erin Mclean how does that work? Let Eric go!!!!

Tyranney Mayse-Davis   September 9th, 2008 11:48 pm ET

where is the wife; I feel that she should be held accountable for her actions. Even though she did not pull the triger she is the reason why this young man has been killed. Mr. McClain has obvious mental issues and he should not be charged with 1st degree murder. This was a crime of passion and I sympathize with him. He is a very weak mad who truly loved his wife with all his heart ,and she ran over him just cause she could. It is hard to belive that a person would purposely hurt and degrade another human being this way.I really pray the jury makes the right decision.

JOEY   September 9th, 2008 11:50 pm ET


Terri Hayes   September 10th, 2008 9:57 am ET

Erin is the person that should be charged. She drove Eric to the breaking point. He loved her unconditionally. She taunted and flaunted. You are in my prayers Eric. You shold be free and continue to be the dad to your children that you have always been. It was Erin that caused this tragedy and she should have to pay. Please find Eric not guilty and charge Erin with murder.

Ricky   September 10th, 2008 11:36 am ET

I can relate to his position he was humiliated by his wife and her lover.
there were kids involved that he was trying to protect. and it is obvious that he was in love with his wife and wanted the relationship to stop so they could be a family again. i think his wife is just as responsible for the death of her lover. and if the things eric is saying was not true then she would be there telling her side of the story. if i were on the jury the guy would walk.

Al Hedman   September 10th, 2008 11:56 am ET

My question is why is the prosecution attorney being addressed by the judge as general? This seems to give him a authority figure status. Shouldn't he be addressed by his last name or counselor?

Thanks, Allan F. Hedman

lynn   September 10th, 2008 2:30 pm ET

No way first degree murder. He has done his time being married to her. To bad someone had to die. She is just as responsible. How much can a person take? My vote let him off. He should get his kids too. After all it sounds like he was doing most of the care. Whatever the outcome he is a broken man and i wish him well.

Fin Hernandez   September 10th, 2008 3:11 pm ET

In 1988, I was in the same position as Eric McLean, my wife had a 19 year old lover. My wife was 34 years old. He knew both my wife and I, and we had a small child about 3 years old. I was outraged, that she would be having an affair while I was taking care of our son, while she was working at a fish site with her lover. Yes, the thought of shooting him was on my mind. I am an Army trained marksman, and I had a collection of rifles. What stopped me was that I was a Father, and I did not want my son to know I was in prison for shooting this young man. I feel for Eric, having this affair flaunted in his own home. I think he snapped, he did no premeditate this killing.
He should be let with a lighter sentence. I got divorced, and made the best of this family tragedy.

Nick   September 10th, 2008 7:31 pm ET

in previous post I meant Eric..not Erin which is apparently the wife's name.

Nick   September 10th, 2008 7:41 pm ET

>>>Tyranney Mayse-Davis September 9th, 2008 11:48 pm ET

>> He is a very weak mad who truly loved his wife with all his heart ,and she ran over him just cause she could. It is hard to belive that a person would purposely hurt and degrade another human being this way.I really pray the jury makes the right decision.

Ty, I agree with most of your post except that I don't think Eric was weak. Do we have any kind of comprehension of the strength that is takes to endure what he did? That kind of Torment and tourture?

I know I don't...I couldn't of held out that long I don't think.

Give me physical pain any day over that kind of emotional madness.

Shannon Hoerle   September 10th, 2008 8:40 pm ET

I do hope & pray that Eric recieves only the minimum sentence. I think it would be an injustice to himself & his two boys for him to spend even a day in prison. Unfornutately we can't charge Erin in this case. I think she caused this whole mess and I don't necessarily think Sean was innocent either. He knew better than to have sex with another man's wife in his own home...what did he expect to happen?? I feel for Eric...I understand he pulled the trigger but I really believe in my heart he didn't intend on killing Sean. It's unfornuate he didn't "accidently" kill Erin.

Peggy   September 11th, 2008 3:23 pm ET

I am a very conservative person from Texas. I lost my 18 yr. old daughter in a car accident 6 yrs. ago and I still hurt to the deepest part of my soul. However, her car accident was a tragedy~a surprise~and devastating. I was a Certified Legal Assistant in the personal injury field for 25 yrs. As a mother who has lost a young daughter at age 18, I never thought I could feel for a defendant who took the life of a young 18 yr. old young man like I feel for Eric McLean. In my heart of hearts, I believe I could forgive him for his actions because he was driven crazy~feeling as though he had lost EVERYTHING important in his life. This man is not a murderer walking our streets. He needs emotional help and prison is not the answer for this defendant. I just cannot grasp in my mind that he INTENTIONALLY PREMIDATED taking this young man's life. I believe he is extremely remorseful and wants help to rebuild his life. I believe this is going to be a hung jury or a lesser charge~NOT FIRST DEGREE MURDER! He is definately overcharged in this case. Thank you.

Bill Parks   September 11th, 2008 3:42 pm ET

I can't believe this proscuter, Crabtree, would go after this guy for 1st degree murder, shows how blood thirsty he is

jen   September 11th, 2008 4:31 pm ET

I really hope he gets a very very light sentence then gets to have his kids and another chance to live properly.
He is also a victim in this very sad tragedy.
I believe that this was an accident.
I have no sorrow for Erin. None. She sounds vile.

JulieRunnels   September 11th, 2008 4:45 pm ET

Unreal,Erick should not serve a day in jail,his wife started this where is the respect for ones self.Erin should be brought in front of a jury she could have left instead she wanted to teach Mr Powell a few things in front of her husband.So Erin has ruined 2 lives and in time will ruin two more small lives which now she has damaged but with more to follow.I feel so bad for Erick and no i dont feel a thing for Mr Powell.

sandy   September 11th, 2008 4:52 pm ET

I agree bill, dose this prosecutor have any clue, and where is this B of a wife the one that should be on trial for neglect to those children , can you imagine what the kids are thinking, i feel for the powell family and their loss but this man should not be found guilty, but i do agree eric is a week man and should have left her before any of this happened.

David   September 12th, 2008 10:05 am ET

I think Erin is trash and is the responsible for putting this young man's life in jepordy.I hope Eric and the kids will live a good life without her. #1 eris supporter.

JGolba   September 15th, 2008 1:46 pm ET

Erin is the reason this whole thing happened, she needs to be put away!!!

lisa m   September 19th, 2008 11:22 pm ET

Well sentencing will begin soon lets hope he gets a few years in the penn. Maybe then he will get the justice he didn't get in court. As a former Correctional officer in the south I have seen first hand what happens to weak willed slight framed men in the big house he will probably wish he had killed himself after that experience.

jaja   April 8th, 2009 12:53 pm ET

I think that he shouldn't go to jail because that was his wife and anybody would do what he did. its easy for people to say they wouldn't well there not in the position so how would they KNOW!!

thebigbull100   April 27th, 2009 2:20 pm ET

I believe the wife and teen brought this out all the baskstabbing from the wife knowing whats happening and not doing nothing he broke he couldn't handle it with all that pain he burst a moment of insanity he truely cared but his mind went blank know one in their mind would be able to handle that I feel sorry for the teen and the man the wife should be in trouble too

samara kilgore   April 27th, 2009 2:28 pm ET

I feel for hubsand because that was real mess up how she was messing with a little boy .So i can understand how hurt that man was. I feel sorry for him

dish0263   April 28th, 2009 2:04 am ET

i too feel for the husband, set him free, just maybe in time he will be able to forgive himself. my prayers go out to all involved.

Evonne   April 28th, 2009 11:11 am ET

I watched Eric Mc Lean's trial all last week. I didn't see what the jury's verdict was???

trisha   April 29th, 2009 10:28 am ET

I also watched Eric trial would like to know what the jury verdict was.

yolanda   May 1st, 2009 5:45 pm ET

I really think they got the wrong person on trail,where the hell is the Wife her a... should be the one going to jail, women like her make it bad for the rest , I don't think Eric should have to spend a day in jail, yes I'm sorry a boy lost his life however I think this boy had a death wish. and i can't believe the wife has the children after all the crap she has done.

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