Man Charged With Murder of 29-Year-Old Girlfriend

Posted at 5:14 PM, Oct 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-24 17:24:33-04

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Scott Hammer was charged Thursday with open murder in the death of his 29-year-old girlfriend.

Hammer, 51, was arrested in Montcalm County Wednesday morning after he allegedly killed Danielle Scholten-Linderman in Kent County  and then fled.  He also allegedly set their Sheridan farmhouse on fire.

Court documents show that Hammer confessed to the murder.  A friend also tells FOX 17 that he allegedly texted him after he committed the crime, saying, “Thanks for being a great friend. Sorry I couldn’t be a better one.”

Scholten-Linderman leaves behind two children ages 7 and 9.   Her funeral is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at Greenville Community Church.