Man says prayer group leader told him to kill wife

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Kansas City man who told police he killed a woman to prevent her from telling someone she had been sexually assaulted by men in her prayer group is set for arraignment Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge.

Investigators say 23-year-old Micah Moore also told them that he killed 27-year-old Bethany Deaton on Oct. 30 at the request of her husband, the prayer group's leader.

Tyler Deaton has not been charged, but the Jackson County prosecutor says he is being investigated in connection with her death. Deaton did not respond to messages left by phone and social media, requesting comment.

Bethany Deaton's death initially was considered a suicide. That changed when Moore confessed to police Nov. 9.

His attorney declined to comment on the case.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WNDU - Channel 16 54516 State Road 933 South Bend, IN 46637 Front Desk: 574-284-3000 Newsroom: 574-284-3016 Email:
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 181163031 -