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Lawyer says Knoxville teacher who left with children is OK

By RANDALL DICKERSON
Associated Press Writer

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Knoxville teacher whose husband is charged with killing her student lover is well, staying with friends out of state and has enrolled her sons in school, according to her attorney.

Erin McLean had picked up her boys, ages 8 and 11, from their grandparents' home in Nashville and disappeared last weekend. Nashville attorney Gary Blackburn told The Associated Press on

Monday he received an e-mail from McLean and had responded to it, asking her to call him. Concern over his client's whereabouts is natural, Blackburn said, but he noted she had done nothing wrong and has legal custody of the boys.

"Erin has used poor judgment, but she is not charged with anything in any state for any reason," Blackburn said. "The boys' natural father is charged with murder."

McLean's husband, Eric McLean, is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Sean Powell as the teenager sat in a car outside the couple's home March 10.

Erin McLean and Powell met while she was doing her student teaching at the high school the teen attended. Erin McLean's younger sister, Emily Myers, said she was worried about her sibling and said it was time for authorities to intervene.

Eric McLean's attorney, Bruce Poston, said family members have told authorities McLean is missing, but they have not put out an Amber Alert because she hasn't been charged with any crimes, and she has legal custody of her children.

A telephone call left at Poston's office in Knoxville wasn't immediately returned. Both attorneys previously said that they though the wife was going to meet a friend in California, but Blackburn declined on Monday to say where his client went.

Erin McLean was recently fired from a Nashville school amid new allegations of improper conduct with a student there. Blackburn has said his client has been frustrated trying to find a new job, and doesn't know how to handle the swarm of public attention.

Eric McLean is out of jail on bond until his trial scheduled for Jan. 14. He has filed for divorce from his wife.

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