Authorities in Kansas City, Mo., are asking anyone with information on the death of Bethany Deaton to come forward. The Kansas City Star reports on what is being called a murder in a "religious sect" headed by Tyler Deaton , the woman's widower. The bizarre case began Oct. 30 when the 27-year-old's body was found in a van at Longview Lake. Micah Moore, 23, was arrested 10 days later after allegedly admitting to killing the woman and making it look like a suicide.
* Moore claimed Tyler Deaton told him to kill his wife, according to the Star report. A probable cause statement posted by KSHB.com has several names redacted when Moore talked about who "told him to kill Bethany Deaton" because Moore "had it in him to do it."
* Other witnesses had their names crossed out on the probable cause statement who were listed as "several roommates of Bethany and Tyler Deaton." One witness claimed he "had been in a secret sexual relationship" which the husband of the deceased said was to "discover his masculinity."
* Neighbors also gave reports several men were seen going in and out of the married couple's residence. The community moved from Texas to Kansas City after graduating from Southwest University. Many of the roommates, including the deceased and her husband, were part of the International House of Prayer University (IHOPU).
* In a bizarre twist, one member of the community told police Bethany Deaton was drugged with Seroquel, a drug used to treat schizophrenia prescribed to one of the community members.
* Several of the men in the group claim they had secret sexual relationships with the husband for several months. One witness claims Deaton was "having trouble" being sexually aroused by his wife.
* International House of Prayer University issued a statement saying the Deatons and their group "operated independently of the university, and it is important to all of us that this group's secrecy and disturbing religious practices are fully exposed."
* IHOPU also states the group that formed five years ago in Georgetown, Texas, had "fewer than 20 people." The sect was led by Tyler Deaton. The university said it is "working closely with local authorities" in the case of the "tragic death." The organization has no further comment due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
* KSHB shared a prepared statement by Carol and Eric Leidlein , Bethany Deaton's parents. The parents said, "We are shocked and horrified by the information now coming forth. The betrayal, the subtle and increasing manipulation, and the brutal victimization which occurred is beyond tragic."
* The parents also said they have no further comment due to the investigation. The family also said they would "appreciate prayers" at this time.
* KMBZ recorded a press conference with prosecutors who said the first-degree murder charge against Moore is the "tip of the iceberg" regarding information of the case. Jean Peters Baker also said there were "homosexual affairs that were going on with the spiritual leader of this group, Mr. Deaton."
* A search of Missouri Case Net court records reveals Moore's cash-only bond is set at $250,000. His arraignment is set for Nov. 28.
William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.
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