Steven Avery, unfortunate star of Netflix's Making A Murderer series, has just become engaged to a woman he has only met in person once before.
The 54-year-old from Wisconsin who is currently serving a life sentence for murder (that we've undoubtedly got an opinion on) popped the question to Lynn Hartman, a 53-year-old legal secretary from Las Vegas.
The couple, who've been dating via daily phone calls for eight months, met for the first time earlier this September. They are planning to get married if and when Avery is released from prison. "Steven Avery’s engagement to Lynn is one bright spot in an otherwise unbelievably tragic and unfair life story," said Kathleen Zellner, Avery's lawyer, to Us Weekly Magazine. "Cheers to both of them."
Hartman describes herself on her Twitter account as a legal assistant and bankruptcy paralegal and "supporter of the wrongfully convicted Steven Avery".
Steven Avery previously served 18 years of a 32-year sexual assault sentence after being wrongfully convicted, eventually exonerated by the Wisconsin Innocence Project using DNA evidence. The 54-year-old then filed a $36 million civil lawsuit against Manitowoc country which is still pending.
As viewers of the show will be familiar, following his initial release he was convicted of the murder of photographer Theresa Halbach two years later after bloodstains found in her van after her disappearance were found to match Avery's DNA and burnt fragments of her bones were found in a pit near his home.
However, as detailed in Making A Murderer, there have been allegations of police and prosecutorial misconduct, evidence tampering and witness coercion, leading some people to believe that Avery is innocent.
Speculation has amounted over the details of the engagement, causing Curtis Busse, founder of the Steven Avery Project that raises "awareness for this injustice", to speak out on Avery's behalf:
"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.
"Steven asks that you respect his future wife and respect their relationship, rumours that are made about there relationship are false and if it isn't coming from Steven directly it's not true.
"Always remember this man has wrongfully served 30 years in prison, even if you don't agree 100% with his decisions you have to agree that he deserves to be happy."