Steven Avery is a single man again after ending his week-long engagement to Lynn Hartman. The “Making a Murderer” subject and Hartman announced their engagement after eight months of dating. But just as quickly as the relationship started, it’s already over.
According to E! News, Avery called off his engagement to the Las Vegas legal secretary because he believes she’s a gold digger and was just trying to use him for fame and money. The outlet reported that news the pair had split was announced in a Facebook post by Avery’s former fiancée and friend Sandra Greeman.
“I have a statement that I need passed around to groups,” she wrote. “Steve called me two times tonight and wants everyone to know that Lynn and him are done. She has been in this relationship for money and publicity. His eyes are finally opened.” Greeman said in her post that Lynn received at least $5,000 from Dr. Phil for an appearance and another $1,000 for doing other TV appearances. Avery and Hartman are scheduled to talk about their whirlwind romance Monday and Tuesday on “Dr. Phil.”
“She is a golddigger,” Greeman’s post continued. “He wants someone to contact Dr Phil before Mon. show annd [sic] let him know she was only in a relationship for money. I checked and doublechecked [sic] with him to make very sure he wanted this put on and he said very much so.”
Avery’s family also commented on the failed engagement writing on Facebook that it was just a bump in the road. “But we carry on holding our head high,” Avery’s niece Carla Chase wrote. “We appreciate your concerns & desire to discuss recent developments regarding Steven, but it’s once again time to move forward.”
People magazine reported Monday that Avery and Hartman’s families have been at odds ever since the pair started dating. It was previously revealed that Avery, who’s serving a life sentence for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, met Hartman after she started sending him letters in prison. The former couple got engaged shortly after their first time meeting in person when Hartman visited the 54-year-old in prison.
“The family thinks she is trying to cash in by doing interviews, and now she’ll do even more about the breakup,” a source told People.
Ironically, shortly after announcing his engagement Avery had his friend Curtis post a Facebook message on his behalf dismissing rumors that Hartman was after his money and trying to use him. “There have been some misunderstandings about Lynn and her intentions, he wants to remind you all that her intentions are true and her and Steven are very much in love and this isn’t going to change anytime soon,” the post read. “Steven asks that you respect his future wife and respect their relationship, rumors that are made about their relationship are false and if it isn’t coming from Steven directly it’s not true.”