GREENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - Former coworkers say a man accused of killing his girlfriend during a fight met her at a Greenville restaurant.
Scott Hammer, 51, is expected to be charged in the death of his 29-year-old girlfriend Danielle Scholten-Linderman Thursday. Police say he killed her during a fight Wednesday morning. Hammer's brother told 24 Hour News 8 some inappropriate text messages on Scholten-Linderman's phone started the argument.
After allegedly killing his girlfriend, Hammer left the northern Kent County house where they had been staying with his brother and drove to Montcalm County. There, police say, he set fire to the house they had been renovating. He was arrested later Wednesday morning.
Scholten-Linderman used to work at Huckleberry's in Greenville, employees there say.
"She was great girl," a Huckleberry's employee who asked to be identified only as Heather said.
Heather says Scholten-Linderman trained her about five years ago when she started at the restaurant. Hammer was a regular.
"Scott Hammer was one of our customers. He'd come in here. He used to plow my driveway. Both normal, great people," she said.
She described Scholten-Linderman as vibrant, opinionated and fun, and Hammer as outgoing.
"He's one of those guys that's the life of the party. I can see sometimes he could have a temper but normally he was a happy-go-lucky guy," he said.
Heather says she doesn't know what attracted the Scholten-Linderman and Hammer to each other-- they had a 22-year age difference.
But their relationship moved quickly and the two moved in together almost immediately.
"When they moved in together, it was sad, but everyone cut ties. They went their way," Heather said.
But Heather would still see Scholten-Linderman at her new job down the street. Some staff members saw her Tuesday and said everything was normal.
After the murder, Hammer apparently sent out text to friends saying he had messed up.
And Hammer posted a long statement on his Facebook page around 7 a.m. Wednesday -- after Scholten-Linderman was killed -- accusing her of cheating on him.
Heather said she was blindsided by news of Scholten-Linderman's death and Hammer's arrest.
"This threw me through a loop. I never would have thought this," Heather said.
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