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Judge dismisses charges in W.Va. torture case


RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia judge has dismissed charges against a man accused of torturing his wife for years.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Evans granted the defense's request to dismiss the charges against Peter Lizon of Leroy following a brief hearing Monday morning.

Lizon's attorneys contended that authorities waited too long to prosecute him. They also alleged that there was a prosecutor conflict of interest.

Special prosecutor Craig Tatterson also had requested that the charges be dropped.

Lizon was charged last year with malicious wounding and domestic battery.

His wife, Stephanie, has denied the allegations against her husband and refused to cooperate with prosecutors. She has said the couple is the victim of an overzealous prosecution and unfounded stories by people who don't know them.

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