Published August 19, 2013
| Associated Press
RIPLEY, W.Va. – The case against a West Virginia man accused of torturing his wife has collapsed after a judge dismissed the charges.
Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Evans dismissed the charges Monday, in part because the woman denied the allegations and refused to cooperate with prosecutors.
About a year ago, Stephanie Lizon fled from her husband and domestic violence shelter workers said she told them she had been captive for nearly a decade. The shelter workers said she had been beaten, burned and even shackled. Her husband, Peter Lizon, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and domestic battery.
Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Craig Tatterson left open the possibility for future charges, saying the case was still under investigation.
Stephanie Lizon gave birth to the couple's daughter last week.