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12:15 a.m. UPDATE

A Jackson County judge found probable cause Friday in the case of a man accused of holding his wife hostage and abusing her for 10 years.

Stephanie Lizon told a judge that the injuries on her body, the ones associated with the alleged abuse, were all accidental. 

Burns to Lizon's back and breast, ones that police allege came from an abusive husband, were simply where the two "collided" during an argument over breakfast.

A unidentified employee with a Parkersburg women's shelter said Lizon told a different story on June 20th, when she first came to the shelter. 

"She said it was intentional," said the employee. 

Despite the conflicting testimony, the judge found reason to move the malicious wounding case forward. 

Peter Lizon's case now will be presented to a grand jury.

He remains behind bars on a $300,000 bond until a circuit county judge can schedule a bond reduction hearing. 


 

11:35 a.m. UPDATE

A Jackson County woman this morning testified during her husband's preliminary hearing that she never said she had been abused.

Stephanie Lizon said she told nobody at the Family Crisis Intervention Center that Peter Lizon had abused her.


ORIGINAL STORY

The preliminary hearing started this morning for a Jackson County, W.Va., man accused of keeping his wife hostage and abusing her for 10 years.

Peter Lizon has been charged with malicious wounding, according to court documents. He is accused of keeping his wife chained to a bed and abusing her.

She escaped to a Parkersburg women's shelter in June, according to police. She told a woman there about the abuse, which led to a police investigation.