CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Jackson County man accused of torturing his wife for more than a decade has been indicted nearly a year after he was first arrested despite the wife's claims the abuse never happened.
A grand jury in Jackson Circuit Court handed down a six-count indictment against Peter Lizon, 39, Wednesday charging him with three counts each of malicious wounding and domestic battery. The indictments were made public early Thursday.
His wife, Stephanie Lizon, 43, has maintained Peter's innocence since the allegations were made last year. She was "incredibly frustrated and angry" Thursday.
At eight months pregnant, she said she spent most of the day Tuesday at the Jackson County Courthouse waiting in case the grand jury wanted to question her. The wait was for nothing, she said. She was never called.
"I'm not looking forward to this being dragged on any further," she said Thursday evening. "I was looking forward to this being over."
She had hoped the jury's reaction would be different. She's concerned prejudice against him over his foreign background could hurt his case. Peter is a native of Slovakia but emigrated to the U.S. more than 20 years ago.
Peter was arrested last July after Stephanie went to a crisis shelter in Parkersburg seeking a place to cool down after an argument with him. She said that she is often misunderstood but what she told a woman there was twisted and contorted into a wild tale of abuse.
A woman at the shelter told authorities Stephanie told her that Peter assaulted her and caused her to miscarry. The woman also claimed Stephanie said she'd been held against her will at the home.
Stephanie denied the abuse during testimony at a preliminary hearing last year. She said that was the first and only time authorities had questioned her about the alleged abuse.