New search could shed light on Bethany Deaton murder case - KCTV5

New search could shed light on Bethany Deaton murder case

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GRANDVIEW, MO (KCTV) -

Police are searching items belonging to a man in bizarre murder case out of Grandview.

Tyler Deaton is one of the men at the center of the investigation of his wife's murder.

According to online court documents, officers served a warrant to search an iPad belonging to Deaton, a man considered the leader of a religious group in Grandview.

Micah Moore, 23, is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Bethany Ann Deaton.

Moore allegedly confessed to killing the 27-year-old nurse. He alleged that Tyler Deaton ordered him to kill Bethany Deaton because he feared she was going to reveal to a therapist that Moore and others had been drugging her and sexually assaulting her for months.

Moore said he suffocated Bethany Deaton after drugging her with prescription medicines.  Her body was found Oct. 30 about 9:40 p.m. in the passenger's side rear seat of a van parked near Longview Lake.  She was found with a trash bag over her head and a note that suggested suicide.

Police said interviews with roommates of the Deaton's revealed that they all belonged in the same "religious community." Court documents said they all called Tyler Deaton their "spiritual leader."

Currently only Moore is charged. Tyler Deaton hasn't been charged in connection to his wife's death, but prosecutors said the investigation is ongoing.

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