JASPER, Ala. -- A woman charged with hiding two bodies in West Virginia and forging documents linked to two missing women in Alabama is out of jail and in a hospital, her lawyer said Friday.
The Daily Mountain Eagle reported a court approved the release of Wanda Faye Kiser, 62, because of her failing health.
Kiser's attorney, Richard Jaffe, said the woman was hospitalized in Birmingham for conditions that include pneumonia, diabetes and congestive heart failure.
Jaffe said Kiser is on a breathing machine, and it is unclear if she will recover.
"She is in very bad shape," he said.
The judge, who approved Kiser's release at the request of prosecutors, said he wanted extensive medical records and updates on her condition. The judge said Kiser is not allowed to leave Walker County, where she was jailed and initially hospitalized, or Jefferson County, where Birmingham is located.
Alabama authorities earlier this year charged Kiser with 17 counts of forgery for allegedly cashing checks belonging to Mary Cobb, 105, and Wynona Delvecchio, 84, of Jasper, who were reported missing in 2002.
The skull of an elderly female was found under Kiser's old home in Alabama last year, and parts of two bodies were found in August in a storage unit she rented in West Virginia. She was charged with concealing the remains of women believed to be Cobb and Delvecchio.
No one is charged in the women's deaths, but Kiser was convicted of cashing retirement checks that belonged to the missing women and spent time on probation.
Authorities returned Kiser to Alabama from West Virginia in October to face the forgery charges. Kiser, who authorities said checked the missing women out of a nursing home in 2000, was in poor health before leaving West Virginia and was in a wheelchair when she arrived in Alabama.