pastor he recorded the sexual assaults on his ipad it emerged today, as the 23-year-old appeared in court.
Micah Moore, of kansas city was charged on Saturday with first-degree murder in the death of Bethany
Ann Deaton, which was made to look like a suicide after a bottle of
pills and a note were left by her body.
He appeared shackled in
court today with his head bowed to hear the charges against him after he
confessed to the October 30 murder on Friday.
Moore told an
international house of prayer pastor at the Grandview police department
that he video recorded the sexual assaults on his iPad.
Despite this, he has not been charged with any sexual assault. It is not yet clear if his iPad has been seized.
released a statement today distancing themselves from the 'cult' saying
they had no idea what kind of practices the students engaged in.
body of the 27-year-old woman was found in a van with a bag over her
head with a suicide note that said: 'My name is Bethany Deaton. I chose
this evil thing. I did it because I wouldn’t be a real person and what
is the point of living if it is too late for that?
'I wish I had chosen differently a long time ago. I knew it all and refused to listen. Maybe Jesus will still save me.'
statement, seen by The Kansas City Star, said that Moore admitted he
was with Deaton at the lake and that he 'placed a bag over her head and held it there until her body shook'.
Moore was one of a number
of roommates of Bethany Deaton and her husband Tyler, who was said to
serve as 'the spiritual leader of a community'.
He said he was
afraid that Deaton was going to tell her therapist about assaults that
had occurred over the previous few months.
Witnesses told detectives they were a part of a 'religious community' where they had sex with each other.
Moore told police that he was told to kill Bethany Deaton by a person who said 'he knew Micah had it in him to do it'.
person who lived at their house told police Tyler had recently been
'angry and frustrated' and that in the weeks before Bethany's death he
revealed 'he had had a dream that he killed his wife by suffocating
Moore is the only person to be charged in the case as yet but the police said they are still investigating.
Bethany's father released a
statement on Monday about her death: 'We are deeply grieving the loss of
our beautiful and innocent daughter. 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. We pray for the truth to be revealed.
'While it is
important to understand how Bethany died, it is even more important to
understand how she lived. Because of the ongoing investigation, we do
not have any further comment at this time.'