Making a Murderer subject Steven Avery is now engaged to a woman he’s just met once in real life.
The 54-year-old found love with Las Vegas legal secretary Lynn Hartman, 53, after the two exchanged letters, then daily phone calls, over the last eight months.
Avery is currently serving a life sentence (without the chance of parole) at Waupun Correctional Institution for the 2005 homicide of Teresa Halbach and illegally possessing a firearm. Netflix’s Making a Murderer is a 10-part documentary series that follows the case of the Wisconsin native, who’d previously been jailed for 18 years for a sexual assault in 1985, and was exonerated in that case by DNA evidence in 2003.
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Two years after, Avery brought a US$36-million lawsuit against Manitowoc County, Wis., for the wrongful conviction. Making a Murderer calls into question the investigation and trial that get Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, behind bars, and alleges the investigators and authorities in the case planted evidence and otherwise manipulated the results of the trial.
“I’m happy,” Avery told the DailyMail.com. “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.”
Hartman’s Twitter account, which is protected and inaccessible to the people, describes her as a “Legal Asst/Bankruptcy Paralegal and Supporter of the Wrongfully Convicted Steven Avery.”
The pair eventually met in person when Hartman came to the prison in September. They plan on marrying when Avery is released from prison — something that may not ever happen. His current attorney, Kathleen Zellner, is working on an appeal to overturn his sentence.