Husband released on bond in shooting case

Associated Press • Apr 24, 2007 at 12:03 PM

KNOXVILLE - The teacher's husband accused of fatally shooting her student lover was released on bond Monday, with curfew to obey and an ankle bracelet to monitor his movements.

Eric McLean, 31, posted $150,000 bond nearly four weeks after a first-degree murder charge against him was bound over to a Knox County grand jury. The panel has yet to act.

General Sessions Court Judge Andrew Jackson issued an order Monday requiring McLean to wear the bracelet and remain at his parents' house except to go to work or church.

In addition, the judge ordered that McLean cannot have contact with his wife, Erin McLean, who has their two young sons.

Eric McLean is accused of shooting 18-year-old Sean Powell as Powell sat in his car outside the McLeans' house on March 10. Testimony suggested Eric McLean suspected Powell and his wife were having an affair.

Erin McLean, 30, met Powell last fall while practice-teaching at his high school. Powell dropped out in November. Authorities refuse to say why. Eric McLean was arrested the day after the shooting while walking along railroad tracks several miles from the school. He led police to a rifle suspected in the slaying. Eric McLean's attorney Bruce Poston acknowledged in a preliminary hearing that his client shot Powell, but said it was not premeditated. McLean didn't speak to reporters Monday. Poston said he would be staying with his parents and hoped to find a job. Poston said he's eager to go to trial. "Give me two weeks' notice, and we'll do it. Why waste time?" the lawyer said. (AP) Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com AP-CS-04-23-07 1746EDT

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