A man charged for a bizarre sex ring murder appeared in court Wednesday afternoon, but his attorneys are now telling a different story about his confession.
Micah Moore, 23, kept quiet as he made his second court appearance in Independence, MO. But his attorney, Melanie Morgan, read a statement saying the truth will show Moore is innocent and his confession to murder was a lie.
"The facts suggest Bethany Deaton's death was an unfortunate suicide and Micah Moore had nothing to do with that suicide. Driven to the police station by representatives of his church community, Micah told a fictional account that was bizarre, nonsensical and most importantly, untrue," Morgan said.
Moore's attorneys requested a preliminary hearing, but the prosecution asked the judge for a continuance because they plan to take the case to a grand jury for indictment.
"There's no preliminary hearing, so the evidence won't have to be presented in open court," said Mike Mansur, a spokesman for the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office.
Court documents said Moore told police he killed Bethany Deaton after her husband, Tyler Deaton, gave the order. Moore said the men in their religious group sexually assaulted her in the home they shared in Grandview, MO, and they were afraid she was going to tell her therapist.
But Moore's attorneys now said the doctrines taught by the community, led by Tyler Deaton, affected Moore's mental state.
"They were statements of a distraught and confused young man under extreme psychological pressures as a result of his friend Bethany's untimely suicide and sudden removal of his spiritual leader Tyler Deaton from their extremely close-knit religious community," Morgan said.
Moore's mother and father came to Independence from Texas to be in the courtroom by his side. They wouldn't answer questions from the media, but one of the family's attorneys made their position clear.
"They are the parents. They are here from Texas to support their son. They believe he's innocent. Absolutely. 100 percent," defense attorney Kurt Kerns said.
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