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Sex cult leader a suspect in wife's murder

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The husband of a former Arlington woman murdered in a Kansas City sex cult is now an additional suspect.

Bethany Deaton's death last month was originally thought to be a suicide, but 23-year-old Micah Moore's confession changed that. Moore told police a harrowing tale of drug use, bizarre sexual assaults involving a cult and murder.

But court affidavits also accuse her husband, Tyler Deaton, of ordering the hit.

According to the documents, Moore said he drugged the 27-year-old and suffocated her with a plastic bag. Then he planted a fake suicide note and left her in a minivan parked near a Kansas City, Mo. area lake.

He said he killed her because he and several other men had been sexually assaulting her in the group home they shared and they were afraid she'd tell her therapist.

Moore claimed Tyler Deaton asked him to do it.

According to affidavits, "[Tyler] knew Micah had it in him to do it" and he told Deaton "he killed Bethany after it was done."

Other men living at the home told police "Tyler Deaton was viewed as a spiritual leader" of an offshoot group of the International House of Prayer, or IHOP, that had control over the members of the household.

According to records, the men at the home said Deaton told them the sexual activity was part of a religious experience and that several of them engaged in sex with him.

Deaton has not yet been arrested or charged.

IHOP has since distanced itself from Deaton and his group.

In a statement, President Allen Hood said "Mr. Deaton led his religious group entirely independent from IHOPU, though he and some of his members were enrolled in our university."

Hood said the church was saddened by Bethany Deaton's death and cooperating with law enforcement agencies in the investigation.


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