Woman Who Lived With Corpse In Chair Pleads Guilty

JACKSON (WWJ/AP) – A Jackson, Michigan woman who lived for months with her friend’s corpse has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors that is expected to keep her out of prison.

Linda Chase, 72, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of fraud, in exchange for dismissal of a forgery charge for cashing $28,000 in benefit checks belonging to 67-year-old Charles Zigler.

Zigler’s remains were found July 6 in a chair in the living room of their house.

Chase said she and Zigler were close, but not romantically involved, and had lived together for 10 years.  She kept the body clean and dressed and talked to it while watching NASCAR on television.  Back in July, she told the Jackson Citizen Patriot she regrets her actions and feels horrible about it, but she just didn’t want to be alone.  ”He was the only guy who was ever nice to me,” she added.

Police say he died of natural causes in December 2010. Mlive.com reports that District Judge Michael Klaeren says the plea means Chase will probably get probation.

Defense lawyer Jerry Engle said the plea deal gets Chase into mental health court and in line for treatment that his client likely needs.

(TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

 

Comments

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Detroit

Best Places To See Indie Rock In DetroitIt's called Detroit Rock City for a reason.
Guide: Best Barbecue In Metro DetroitSometimes, nothing hits the spot like good barbecue.

Watch & Listen