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Man Tells Police Husband Ordered Him to kill his Wife

Police, in a criminal complaint that was filed to support the murder charge, detailed allegations that Moore made in his confession

November 28, 2012 – Micah Moore entered a police department in Kansas City just three months after being a groomsman in a wedding of two of his friends. He had met the couple while in Texas in college. He told police that he killed the woman at her husband’s request. The husband is a charismatic leader of a prayer group.

Police indicated that the death of Bethany Deaton initially looked as if it were a suicide. Police officers found an empty bottle of pain medication and a note along with the woman’s body in a van parked near a lake October 30.

No until Moore made his confession over two weeks later did police announce the woman had been killed. On Wednesday, Moore will have his preliminary hearing for first-degree murder.

Police, in a criminal complaint that was filed to support the murder charge, detailed allegations that Moore made in his confession.

Moore lived together with Deaton and Tyler, her husband in a communal home that was shared by other male members of a prayer group they were part of. He said that a number of members of the group sexually assaulted Bethany and were worried someone would tell on them. Moore said at that time Tyler Deaton ordered him to kill his wife.

Tyler Deaton, as of yet, has not been charged by police in the death of his wife. Prosecutors said he was under investigation however, they declined to make any further comment.

The prayer group formed by Deaton had two houses, with men living in one and women in another. However, Bethany Deaton moved into the home where the men lived, with her husband when they were married during the summer.

Court documents said that Moore told law enforcement that men living in the home started drugging Mrs. Deaton and then sexually assaulting her. He said she had been to a therapist and members of the group were worried she would tell authorities about the sexual assaults.

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