International House of Prayer: Woman Was Murdered to Cover up Sexual Abuses Witnesses say
Bethany Ann Deaton’s death was supposed to look like a suicide.
Sheriff’s deputies found her body inside a van at Longview Lake on Oct. 30. There was a note and an empty pill bottle, and over her head was a white plastic bag.
Now prosecutors say the 27-year-old woman was murdered to keep her from revealing a history of sexual assaults on her by several people living under one Grandview roof.
Micah Moore, 23, of Kansas City, was charged Saturday with first-degree murder.
According to court documents, Moore met with a detective on Friday, 10 days after Deaton’s body was found, and said, ‘I killed her.’ He said he had feared that Deaton was going to tell her therapist about assaults that had occurred over the previous few months.
The statement said Moore admitted that he was with Deaton at Longview Lake and that he ‘placed a bag over her head and held it there until her body shook.’
Moore and several witnesses whose names were redacted from court documents told investigators that they had been roommates with Bethany Deaton and her husband, Tyler Deaton, in the 7300 block of East 122nd Street. They described a household where Tyler Deaton served as the ‘spiritual leader’ of a ‘community.’
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