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Peter Lizon may serve home confinement -- except his home just burned down

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.

Peter will be able to serve his home confinement at a house near his destroyed home, said his attorney, Michael Hissam.

"It's across the street that he can rent, and it has utilities and a land line," Hissam said. "It's a property they had lived in once before."

Stephanie, who had a preliminary hearing scheduled Monday in Jackson County Magistrate Court, had that hearing postponed until May 29. Hissam said while it's possible she, too, may request home confinement, she would have to live somewhere else.

Hissam said Peter's case was sent to a Jackson County grand jury last year after his arrest, but he has yet to be indicted. 

"The grand jury has three terms to indict him, and the third term is coming up June 25," Hissam said. "If they don't indict, the case has to be dismissed."

Those accused of burning the farmhouse had been hired by the Lizons to help feed their animals while they were incarcerated. But Hissam said they kept asking for more money and Peter let them go.

"A week after he fired (Colena Martin), they were robbed blind," Hissam said of the Lizons. "And now they are suspected in this fire." Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at or 304-348-4832. 

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