Attorneys: Exorcism drove confession in IHOP death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorneys for a suburban Kansas City man who confessed to killing the wife of his prayer group leader say his statements to police came after an exorcism when he wasn’t in his right mind.

Former Grandview resident Micah Moore is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2012 death of Bethany Deaton, whose body was found in her minivan parked at Longview Lake. A coroner initially ruled her death as a suicide because of a note and empty 100-count bottle of acetaminophen found inside the vehicle.

The 25-year-old told police he killed her at the behest of her husband, the charismatic leader of a tight-knit prayer group affiliated with the International House of Prayer.

Moore’s attorneys are seeking to exclude his confession from trial, scheduled to begin next month.


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