Authorities Asking for Witnesses to Step Forward in Deaton Murder Case

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GRANDVIEW, Mo. -- Authorities are asking for more witnesses or anyone with information to come forward in the case of a Grandview woman killed to cover up alleged sexual assaults by members of a religious group.

On Wednesday, authorities confirmed that the husband of murdered 27-year-old Bethany Deaton, Tyler Deaton, is now under investigation, and more charges are possible in connection to the murder.

Micah Moore, 23, is currently in custody for first-degree murder in the suffocation death of Deaton, whose body was found in a van near Longview Lake on October 30. Investigators say that Moore confessed to the killing, telling authorities that it was ordered by Tyler Deaton - the leader of a religious group that met in the Deaton home.

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Investigators also say that Moore was afraid that Bethany Deaton would reveal sexual assaults committed against her by members of the group, including her husband. He also admitted that he drugged Bethany Deaton with Seroquel - a prescription anti-psychotic drug - before the sexual assaults.

On Tuesday, prosecutors alleged that there was also a sexual relationship going on between Moore and Tyler Deaton.

“There was a series of affairs going on between the descendant and other roommates in the home, but also as you referred to homosexual affairs going on with the spiritual leader of this group, Mr. Deaton,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

Tyler Deaton has not yet been charged with any crimes in connection to his wife's murder.

Moore and the Deaton's were all affiliated with the International House of Prayer University. On Wednesday, no one on the campus would talk to FOX 4 about the case, neither would a man at the home where Tyler Deaton stayed prior to the murder.

Moore is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

Authorities are asking anyone with information in the case to please contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

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