CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Jackson County man who was in jail when his house burned to the ground last week will await his trial on home confinement at a nearby residence, his attorney said.
A circuit judge agreed that Peter Lizon of Leroy was not a flight risk and could await legal proceedings outside jail. Lizon was allowed to continue on the $300,000 bond he posted last year.
Troubles have continued to plague Lizon and his wife, Stephanie, since allegations arose that he brutally tortured her. Stephanie has repeatedly insisted since Peter's arrest in July that her husband never harmed her.
The allegations arose last summer when Stephanie went to a women's shelter in Parkersburg. A woman there told authorities that Stephanie had claimed her husband kept her shackled, physically abused her and forced her to give birth while in chains.
That child, now 2 years old, was removed from the Lizons' custody last year and was living with Stephanie's parents. But police went to the Leroy home last Monday morning after a concerned call from the grandparents that the child might have been staying there instead.
The child was found there, along with the Lizons, and Peter was taken to jail for violating the condition of his bond that forbids contact with his wife. The child was returned to the custody of the grandparents.
Stephanie Lizon was arrested on charges of child concealment.
While the Lizons were incarcerated, their home burned to the ground. Colena Kay Martin, 50; Christopher Michael Hill, 32; and Colena's 34-year-old son, Daniel, were arrested and charged in the blaze.