A new twist in the Bethany Deaton murder case has come to light. According to the Kansas City Star, Moore's defense attorney, Melanie Morgan, recanted Moore's murder confession. Calling Moore's confession "bizarre" and "untrue", Morgan blamed Moore's statements on his distraught emotional state.
"These were the statements of a distraught and confused young man under extreme psychological pressures as a result of his friend Bethany's untimely suicide and the sudden removal of his spiritual leader, Tyler Deaton, from their extremely close-knit religious community."
However, the Kansas City Star reports that Morgan's statement did not address claims that Bethany Deaton had been sexually assaulted by men in her husband's religious group. Tyler Deaton remains under investigation, according to a Jackson County prosecutor. KCTV 5 reports that police recently served a warrant to search an iPad belonging to Tyler Deaton.