EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSJudge Allows Man Accused In Torture Case To Be With Wife When She Delivers Child
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
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Reported: Aug. 2, 2013 9:29 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 2, 2013 11:51 AM EDT
Ravenswood , Jackson County , West Virginia
A man accused of torturing his wife will be allowed to stay with her when she goes into labor and for five days after she gives birth to their child.
Peter Lizon is charged with three counts each of malicious wounding and domestic battery in connection with alleged abuse of his wife, Stephanie. While the Jackson County judge allowed the contact with his wife, he would not allow further modifications of Peter Lizon's bond.
Stephanie plans to go to the couple's farm to give birth.
A hearing on whether there is enough evidence to support the indictment is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 19. Lizon's attorneys are arguing that charges against him should be dropped. They contend Jackson County Prosecutor Keenand Skeen had a conflict of interest because he represented the Lizons in prior matters. A special prosecutor has since been appointed in the case.
A West Virginia man accused of torturing his wife for years is arguing that charges against him should be dropped.
Peter Lizon's attorneys filed motions Thursday to dismiss charges against him. They claim authorities waited too late to prosecute Lizon on three counts each of malicious wounding and domestic battery. They also claim the charges should be tossed because the original prosecutor had a conflict of interest. He has since recused himself from the case.
Lizon's attorneys will appear in Jackson County Circuit Court in Ripley on Friday on another matter. They are asking that his bond be modified to allow Lizon to be with his wife, who is expected to give birth to their child this month.
It's unclear if the judge will take up the motions to dismiss.
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