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W.Va. sheriff says woman was tortured for years; husband denies malicious wounding charge

This photo shows the home of Peter and Stephanie Lizon on Miller Hollow Road in Jackson County, W.Va. Authorities say Peter Lizon allegedly tortured and enslaved his wife for much of the past decade, forcing her to endure two pregnancies and deliveries in shackles. Lizon was in jail Wednesday, July 11, 2012, on $300,000 bond and scheduled for a preliminary hearing on a malicious wounding charge Friday morning in Jackson County Magistrate Court. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Tom Hindman)
July 12, 2012 - 5:17 AM

LEROY, W.Va. - A West Virginia man faces a preliminary court hearing Friday on a malicious wounding charge arising from allegations that he kept captive and tortured his wife for the better part of a decade.

Authorities say 37-year-old Peter Lizon was in jail Wednesday on $300,000 bond.

Stephanie Lizon reportedly fled her husband while they were at a store in Parkersburg on July 2 and turned up at a domestic violence shelter. There, a criminal complaint says, she detailed years of abuse.

Investigators say they have 45 photographs showing burns on her back and breasts from irons and frying pans, and scars on her wrists and ankles. Jackson County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Tony Boggs called the case one of the most terrible he's seen.

Peter Lizon's attorney says the allegations are false.

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