West Virginia Woman Denies Abuse Charges Against Husband

Peter Lizon

This photo provided by the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston W.Va., shows Peter Lizon from Leroy W. Va. Authorities say Lizon tortured and enslaved his wife for much of the past decade, forcing her to endure two pregnancies and deliveries in shackles. Lizon was in jail Wednesday, July 11, 2012, on $300,000 bond. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on a malicious wounding charge Friday morning in Jackson County Magistrate Court. (AP Photo/South Central Regional Jail)

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The wife of a West Virginia 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.”

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