EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCharges Dismissed In Jackson County Torture Case
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 19, 2013 11:31 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 20, 2013 9:36 AM EDT
Ravenswood , Jackson County , West Virginia
Charges were dismissed Monday against a man in a high-profile torture case in Jackson County.
The charges were dismissed by Jackson County Circuit Judge Tom Evans against Peter Lizon. Evans dismissed the charges without prejudice, meaning that the charges could be refiled or additional charges could be filed against him. Lizon had been charged with three felony counts of malicious assault and three counts of domestic battery in connection with the alleged abuse of his wife, Stephanie.
In the motion asking for the dismissal, Tatterson contended the state lacked sufficient admissible evidence to proceed to trial. The special prosecutor said that Stephanie Lizon allegedly told another woman, while the women were both residents at the Family Crisis Intervention Center in Parkersburg, that Peter Lizon had brutally wounded and tortured her and had been chained up off and on for 10 years, her husband routinely beat her and burned her with a frying pan.
But Tatterson said in the motion that the statements that Stephanie Lizon allegedly made to the woman were "textbook hearsay" and could be introduced at trial. He also said that Stephanie Lizon later testified at a preliminary hearing that a burn to her back was accidental and happened when she and her husband collided with each other. She testified that the bruises to her side were caused by the goat and that the injury to her knees was caused by tripping. Lizon added that the injury to her feet was caused by a farming accident.
"The state is faced with a situation where the victim specifically and for a long period of time has denied the allegations against the defendant," Tatterson said in the motion.
Also, on Monday, the Lizons were asking a magistrate to dismiss the order that they could no longer see one another. They had been granted temporary visitation rights because of the birth of their new baby Thursday. The baby girl, named Bozena, was born on the Lizons' farm.
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