RIPLEY, W.Va. — A Jackson County Circuit Judge will decide this month whether to dismiss charges against the man accused of enslaving and torturing his wife over more than a decade.
Peter Lizon, 39, of Leroy, and his wife, Stephanie, 43, deny the abuse and torture allegations which were filed in June of last year after Stephanie allegedly talked about the abuse while staying at a Parkersburg women’s shelter.
At that time, a shelter worker said she claimed her husband had kept her in shackles and beat her so badly she had a miscarriage.
The Lizons are not allowed to see each other under the bond terms of Peter Lizon, who is charged with domestic battery and malicious wounding.
However, on Friday, Judge Thomas Evans granted a request for the couple to reunite briefly for the birth of their daughter. Stephanie Lizon is nine months pregnant and plans to deliver the child at their Leroy home.
The couple already has a toddler son, currently under the custody of Stephanie Lizon’s parents in Virginia. Both Lizons were arrested in May of this year for allegedly trying to abduct him.
A hearing on the motion to dismiss the abuse and torture charges is scheduled for Aug. 19.