RIPLEY, W.Va. -- Arson charges have been dropped against three people in Jackson County who had been accused of burning down the home of Peter and Stephanie Lizon.
First-degree arson charges against Christopher Michael Hill, 32; Colena Kay Martin, 50; and her son, Daniel Martin, 34, were dropped Friday without prejudice, meaning they could be refiled.
The three had been accused of burning down the Lizons' home in Leroy in May.
Stephanie Lizon said the county's victims advocate called her Friday after Jackson Circuit Judge Thomas Evans held a hearing.
"Apparently, the confession was thrown out, but instead of just suppressing the confession, all of the charges were dismissed," she said. "No one ever asked us to help with the investigation. Nobody ever asked us to testify."
A secretary in the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office confirmed that the arson charges were dropped last week.
Prosecutors weren't available to comment about the case and an employee in the Circuit Clerk's Office said an order hadn't been filed yet.
Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs previously said evidence at Colena Martin's home led police to arrest her in connection to the blaze. Boggs was not available for comment Tuesday.
"They found our property, including live animals at the Martin's house," Stephanie Lizon said. "We did get some of it back, but just samples."
In July 2012, police accused Peter Lizon of shackling and abusing Stephanie Lizon for more than a decade. Stephanie Lizon denied the allegations and testified on her husband's behalf when police charged him with malicious wounding. The abuse charges were later dropped.
Peter Lizon still faces a misdemeanor charge for allegedly violating conditions of his bail by being in contact with his wife. A trial is set for the end of the month on that charge, according to his attorney, Mike Hissam.