ONLY ON WVLT: Eric McLean Worried about Missing Children

Knoxville (WVLT) - Accused murderer Eric McLean was supposed to spend the weekend visiting with his children, but the two young boys are still nowhere to be found.

Volunteer TV's Court Reporter Rob Pratt has the exclusive interview with McLean about the situation.

Eric McLean is charged in the March murder of his wife's alleged teenage lover.

McLean and his attorney came to our studios to talk about his missing children.

Last week, a judge issued an order giving Eric McLean visitation time with his eight and eleven-year-old sons.

But McLean's wife, Erin had other ideas.

She and the children left Nashville and disappeared about a month ago.

Eric McLean says a family e-mail sent a couple of weeks ago gives him reason to believe that Mrs. McLean the kids may be in San Francisco, California with a man she'd met on the internet.

In spite of previous assurances from Mrs. McLean's attorney, Eric McLean says his past experiences leave him with little confidence that the children are safe.

"You just feel helpless and they really need me. I love them and they need me. They love me and she is keeping us apart," said Eric.

Eric McLean is also supposed to spend a weekend with his sons later this month.

But, right now he says he'd just like to know that they are safe.

He is set to go to trial for murder January 14th.

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  • by Pat Location: Las Vegas on Nov 9, 2007 at 03:59 PM
    I agree with Janice. he is using the press to get sympathy, and his lawyer is helping. Seems that before he killed Mr. Powell that he and his wife were the perfect couple, right.!!! He was riding on her pay check, playing in a band at nite and a pizza delivery driver. he didnt give up his schooling, he choose to be a wanna be rock and roller. I hear that pizza drivers make good tips, hope he declared this to the IRS.Tips must of been good to buy a new gun.!!!! lets not forget the victim, its not mclean !!!!!!Now he crys the big boo hoo act, I need my kids, Well, I think Seans parents need him and his class mates do too. Grow up ERIC, take your punishment like the man you claim to be , and stop the acting. You say you love her, right, your in love with your own selfish needs. And if you were home during the day time to care for your kids, I say,the kids were in class, so you didnt see them that much as you claim! Where did mclean drive to after the killing,it was Seans school.
  • by barb Location: ohio on Oct 9, 2007 at 09:18 AM
    If this was a male teacher who did this,would you think it was OK?
  • by Alan Location: Knoxville on Oct 8, 2007 at 10:30 PM
    Eric Mclean's children should be taken away from the mother she is crazy. I hope Eric never spends another day in jail. Everything that happened is his wife's fault. She should be in jail.
  • by Janice Location: Knoxville on Oct 8, 2007 at 09:55 PM
    I think he is doing this so he can get sympathy and get a lesser sentence if not a not quilty verdict.


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