I'm not saying he was forced. I'm not. He's still responsible for what he did, for every action he took and decision he made, but there's a difference between doing something of your own free will and doing something as a matter of coercion.
It sounds stupid. I know it sounds stupid. But you know I tried to talk to him. After everything happened. He finally decided it was a conversation worth having. And from there it just... snowballed.