A jailhouse wedding? Making a Murderer subject Steven Avery is engaged to Las Vegas legal secretary Lynn Hartman, his lawyer confirms to Us Weekly.
“Steven Avery’s engagement to Lynn is one bright spot in an otherwise unbelievably tragic and unfair life story,” Kathleen Zellner, who is handling Avery’s wrongful conviction case, tells Us in a statement. “Cheers to both of them.”
Avery and Hartman, both 53, have been dating for eight months. Their relationship began with letters and phone calls, but the happy couple finally met face-to-face for the first time just last week when she visited him at Waupun Correctional Institute in Waupun, Wisconsin, according to the Daily Mail.
“She’s going to be my future wife. We’ll be laughing forever,” the subject of Netflix’s hit docuseries told the news outlet Friday, September 23. “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.”
Avery, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2007 for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, has been incarcerated at Waupun for 11 years.
The Manitowoc County native’s nephew Brendan Dassey was also convicted in the 2005 murder. His conviction was overturned last month, and he’s expected to be released from prison later this year. The series left many viewers livid and speculating that the Manitowoc County Police Department may have mishandled the case. (Avery was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault by the department previously, but DNA evidence exonerated him in 2002.)
Avery’s trial and conviction made headlines following the December 2015 release of Netflix’s Making a Murderer. He was previously married to Lori Dassey from 1982 to 1988. The pair share four children. Avery was also previously engaged to Jodi Stachowski while behind bars.
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