I have kept pretty quiet on Eric's situation (for those of you not in the know I have known Eric McLean for about 20 years), partly because I don't want anyone to think I am cashing in on knowing Eric and trying to weasel 15 minutes of fame out of this, but mostly because I didn't want to run the risk of hurting his trial. Fortunately since it is underway and the jury is sequestered I can gripe all I want now.
I have been watching what I can with THE WIFE on Eric's trial. It's hard being 800 miles away when someone you care about is going through so much but at least THE WIFE has recorded the In Session coverage on our DVR so we could watch it together.
At last it makes sense. Eric's and his Dad had told us she was threatening to take the kids. Once Bruce Poston (Eric's lawyer) ran through Eric holding the rifle, begging Sean Powell not to take his kids and Powell telling him he would "shove that rifle up his XXX," and "In two weeks they'll be calling me daddy," I finally understood. THE WIFE and I knew there HAD to be a trigger to set him off, but we didn't know what it was. (We have intentionally NOT asked anything in depth about what happened so that no information would be inadvertently leaked or overheard).
Now the question is, will the jury understand it really is all about the kids. Eric couldn't stand up to Erin because he though he HAD to have her to survive, but when he faced losing Eric Jr. and Ian he stood up to Sean. He felt cornered and reacted in the heat of the moment. The kids are the trigger and that is the mistake Sean Powell made that cost him his life.
Keep his kids in your prayers as their whereabouts are STILL unknown.