JACKSON (AP) — A woman who says she lived for months with the corpse of a companion has been charged with cashing his pension and Social Security checks.
Linda Chase appeared in court Friday in Jackson, three weeks after police found the body of Charles Zigler in a chair in the living room of their Jackson house. Police believe he died of natural causes in 2010, but Chase says it was last year.
The 71-year-old Chase is charged with forgery for converting checks intended for Zigler. A judge released her after advising Chase to appear for all court dates. She replied, "I can't even walk. Why would I run?"
Chase declined to comment to the Jackson Citizen Patriot outside court. An attorney has not been assigned yet.