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Bail reduction denied for Jackson torture suspect

By Staff reports

RIPLEY, W.Va. -- A Jackson County man accused of chaining and torturing his wife for more than 10 years will remain in jail pending trial.

Peter Lizon, 37, of Leroy, asked Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas C. Evans to reduce his bail Friday on a charge of malicious wounding. Lizon is being held in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $300,000 cash-only bail.

Evans denied Lizon's request based on the seriousness of the allegations against him, a circuit court clerk said.

Lizon is accused of keeping his wife, Stephanie, 43, locked with metal padlocks and chains for about 10 years, which caused severe injuries to her wrists and ankles. Stephanie also allegedly delivered a stillborn child while in chains. Another infant survived, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.

Last month, Stephanie Lizon denied that her husband abused her and asked during a preliminary hearing that he be released. Jackson County Magistrate Jackie Casto refused to dismiss the charge and found enough probable cause to send the case to a grand jury, which will meet sometime this month.


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