(CBS/AP) KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A defense attorney said Wednesday that the Missouri man who told police he killed the wife of his prayer group leader at the leader's request made up the story and had nothing to do with the woman's death.
Micah Moore, 23, has been charged with murder in the death of 27-year-old Bethany Deaton, whose Oct. 30 death, police said, originally appeared to be a suicide.
Moore told police that he and other members of the prayer group had sexually assaulted Deaton and were afraid she would tell someone, according to a probable cause statement. Moore said that's when Deaton's husband, Tyler, ordered him to kill her.
Melanie Morgan, Moore's lawyer, said Wednesday that her client's confession was "bizarre, nonsensical and most importantly, untrue."