Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

August 16, 2013

State seeks to toss charges in W.Va. torture case

CHARLESTON — A special prosecutor has filed a motion to dismiss charges against a West Virginia man accused of torturing his wife for years.

Mason County Prosecutor Craig Tatterson on Friday cited a lack of admissible evidence in part for seeking to have malicious wounding and domestic battery charges dropped against Peter Lizon.

The motion also says the original prosecutor, Kennad Skeen, had removed himself from the case last month due to a conflict of interest because he previously represented the Lizons in criminal and civil matters.

A hearing on Lizon’s previous dismissal motion is set for Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court. Lizon’s attorney, Michael Hissam, says it’s expected a judge also will consider the state’s motion then.

Hissam also says Lizon’s wife, Stephanie, gave birth to a girl on Thursday.


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