Scott Hammer. (October 24, 2013)
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A man accused of murdering his girlfriend Wednesday told a judge they "were striving to have a family."
Scott Hammer was charged Thursday in the murder of Danielle Scholten-Linderman. Hammer is 51, she was 29. Danielle had two children, ages seven and nine, from another relationship.
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Police discovered Scholten-Linderman's body in the basement of a Spencer Township home where they were staying while their Montcalm County house was being renovated. The Spencer Township house is owned by Hammer's brother, Bert.
Bert Hammer told WZZM 13 Scott was upset over text messages he had discovered on Danielle's phone. Scott Hammer told a judge his brother was helping him out since he was out of work due to an injury.
The judge denied Hammer bond; he faces life in prison if convicted of open murder. He could also face arson charges in Montcalm County for allegedly burning down the couple's home following the murder.
Scholten-Linderman worked as a waitress at Drake's Place in Greenville. Her obituary described her as a "devoted mother" who coached soccer and was a girl scout leader but "most of all delighted in time spent with her children and family."