Jackson County Man Wants Charges Dropped

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RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia man accused of torturing his wife for years is arguing that charges against him should be dropped.

Peter Lizon's attorneys filed motions Thursday to dismiss charges against him. They claim authorities waited too late to prosecute Lizon on three counts each of malicious wounding and domestic battery. They also claim the charges should be tossed because the original prosecutor had a conflict of interest. He has since recused himself from the case.

Lizon's attorneys will appear in Jackson County Circuit Court in Ripley on Friday on another matter. They are asking that his bond be modified to allow Lizon to be with his wife, who is expected to give birth to their child this month.

It's unclear if the judge will take up the motions to dismiss.

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