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Bond Reduction Denied For Jackson Man Accused In Torture Case
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Aug. 3, 2012 8:19 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 3, 2012 8:45 PM EDT
Ripley , Jackson County , West Virginia
A man accused of torturing and chaining up his wife for man than a decade was in court on Friday asking for a bond reduction.
Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Evans denied a bond reduction for Peter Lizon, 37, of Leroy. The judge cited a variety of reasons, including some very graphic and telling pictures taken of Lizon's wife, Stephanie Lizon.
Lizon is charged with one count of malicious wounding and is being held on a $300,000 cash or full surety bond.
Evans denied the request based for a modification, citing Lizon is a citizen of foreign country and is posed as a flight risk. The judge also said he's not convinced Lizon isn't able to post the bond.
Evans also went on to say he is concerned about the seriousness of the alleged crime and the likelihood he will commit other crimes.
Lizon is accused of keeping his wife, Stephanie, locked with metal padlocks and chains for a decade on their Jackson County farm.
Stephanie Lizon allegedly escaped to a women's shelter in Parkersburg where she was said to have told someone else staying at the shelter that her husband was responsible for her injuries, including burns to her chest, and crushed feet. That woman then went to police with Stepanie's story.
Stephanie later testified at a preliminary hearing that she never told anyone she was abused by her husband, and had explanations for all of her injuries, saying they were all accidents. She has never given a statement to police.
Judge Evans seemed to not be convinced that one of the pictures he was shown of her injuries was caused by a frying pan, which Stephanie said happened when her and her husband "collided" during an argument over breakfast. The judge says the burn appears to be caused from direct contact with an iron, citing the burn's triangular shape.
State prosecutor's say the Lizon's continue to have contact with each other, even though Peter Lizon remains behind bars.
Lizon will remain in jail on the original bond, although his attorney, Shawn Bayliss says he plans to appeal today's decision to the supreme court.
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