Steven Avery’s Engagement To (Relatively Attractive) Lynn Hartman Has Been Called Off, Citing She’s A Gold-Digging Opportunist

If there’s a silver lining in spending 10 years and counting in jail for a crime you likely didn’t commit and having the trial broadcasted to the entire planet, it’s that the fame–of any kind–brings out the groupies.

Last week, news broke that 54-year-old Steven Avery planned to marry Lynn Hartman, a 53-year-old former legal assistant from Las Vegas, whose relationship with Avery began while he was in prison. Of course, the immediate assumption here is that Hartman was positioning herself to get a piece of the multi-million dollar settlement Avery would receive if found innocent for the murder of Teresa Halbach.

Avery’s former fiance, Sandra Greenman, was among the skeptics.

“She’s very pretty, there’s no way she’d want Steven Avery usually,” Greenman told the Daily Mail. “All the family are afraid of her, something isn’t right, I know she wants fame, and she’s looking for money.”

Avery, however, was a smitten kitten.

“She’s going to be my future wife, we’ll be laughing forever. I’m happy, she treats me decent, she loves me, she’s kind of spoiling me right now. I just want to be happy and enjoy my life, I think I did enough time.”

Welp, the engagement has been called off, citing what we’ve all expected: Lynn is a gold-digging opportunist. Avery called off the engagement because of a Dr. Phil interview Lynn did that will air tonight.

Avery’s niece confirmed the news with this message:

Here is a video Dr. Phil posted in the run up to the segment tonight (prior to the engagement being called off) that suggests Steven had learned of Hartman’s dirty motives.

If found innocent, I really hope Avery gets advised not to fall for just anyone with long hair and four limbs. Dollar signs brings the crazies out and I hope to God Avery has the shred of foresight to not get legally robbed blind. He probably will though.

[h/t Uproxx]

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