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Torture Case Sent To Grand Jury After Victim Says It Never Happened
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: John Tincher, Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bob Aaron
Also Contributing: Leslie Rubin, AP
Reported: Jul. 13, 2012 5:11 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 13, 2012 6:07 PM EDT
Ripley , Jackson County , West Virginia
The wife of a Leroy, West Virginia man accused of torturing and abusing her for years and keeping her in chains at their Miller Hollow Road goat farm says he did not intentionally hurt her.
Stephanie Lizon testified Friday at a preliminary hearing for her husband, 37-year-old Peter Lizon. She denies allegations he bound her with chains.
People at a domestic violence shelter say Stephanie Lizon detailed years of abuse after she fled her husband. They took pictures when she went to the shelter. Stephanie had an explanation for them.
A shelter manager we were not allowed to video testified Stephanie said her husband had burned with her with a hot skillet because she improperly prepared a meal. She said Stephanie said he stomped her foot after it was nearly crushed by a farm machine.
Although Stephanie denied being a victim, a magistrate found probable cause to send the malicious wounding case to circuit court for grand jury consideration. The sheriff gave the couple two warnings not to hug or talk to each other at the hearing in Ripley.
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