RIPLEY, W.Va. -- The wife of a Jackson County man accused of torturing and abusing her for years denied the allegations Friday, testifying that all of her burns and bruises were accidents.
Stephanie Lizon denied that her husband, Peter Lizon, bound her with chains, and when she was shown photos of her injuries, she gave short explanations and said her husband did not intentionally hurt her.
"It was an accident. My husband and I were arguing. We collided with each other," she testified when shown pictures of back wounds allegedly from a frying pan.
Prosecutor Katie Casto said the bruises were obvious.
"It is plain to a reasonable person that this was intentional," Casto said. "It's not an accident."
Peter Lizon has been charged with malicious wounding and is being held in jail on bail. He sat next to his attorneys at the preliminary hearing in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
His attorney, Shawn Bayliss, said the allegations are not true and asked Magistrate Jackie Casto to dismiss the charge. Casto refused and found enough probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.
"What we have established is that this is a mess," Bayliss said.
Stephanie Lizon testified that she fled June 18 while the couple was at a heavy equipment rental store about 50 miles north of their home in Leroy, near Ohio border, according to a criminal complaint. She went to a domestic-violence shelter for two days.
She told another woman at the shelter of the abuse, the complaint said.
Lizon referred to his wife as his slave, broke her fingers, burned her with a clothing iron and frying pan and punched her in the stomach -- causing a miscarriage, according to the criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.