The Kansas City Star newspaper released a story today, detailing more about Tyler Deaton’s role in his wife’s murder and his role at the International House of Prayer (IHOP). It is yet more evidence that the leadership of IHOP is lying. I have posted the article below, or you can go to the KC Star website by clicking here.
Tyler Deaton’s role at the International House of Prayer becomes clearer
By DONALD BRADLEY
The Kansas City Star
By DONALD BRADLEY The Kansas City Star
Updated: 2012-11-16T16:21:A clearer picture began to emerge Thursday about Tyler Deaton’s role at the International House of Prayer.
Deaton’s wife, Bethany Ann Deaton, was found dead in a parked van Oct. 30 at Longview Lake. Authorities initially believed she killed herself, but a week ago a man told police that he had killed her at the order of Tyler Deaton, who has been described as the charismatic leader of a religious sect.
The man who confessed to the killing, Micah Moore, a member of Deaton’s group, has been charged with first-degree murder. Deaton has not been charged. Prosecutors have acknowledged that he is under investigation.
Deaton’s group came from Texas to be part of the International House of Prayer, based in south Kansas City.
On Monday, Allen Hood, the president of the International House of Prayer, said in a statement that Deaton led his group independently and operated under a “veil of secrecy,” though members attended a school operated by IHOP. The statement also made reference to the group’s “disturbing religious practices.”
But a handout and website posting shows that as of Nov. 4 — five days after Bethany Deaton’s death — Tyler Deaton was a “division coordinator” on the administrative team of International House of Prayer friendship groups. The position is unpaid, according to another person who holds the same position and attended three recent meetings with Deaton.
According to IHOP’s website, friendship groups are small groups that meet weekly. There are more than 80 friendship groups. Deaton was listed as one of six division coordinators.
When asked Thursday morning to clarify Deaton’s relationship with the organization, spokesman Nick Syrett told The Star that another statement would be released later in the day. In the afternoon, he said the organization would not have the statement ready until Friday.
The posting that listed Deaton has disappeared from the website.
Moore, 23, a member of Deaton’s group, lived with the couple in a Grandview house along with other members of the group.
He appeared Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court. He told detectives that Deaton told him to kill his wife because “he knew he had it in him.”
Moore told detectives that he and other men in the group had sexually assaulted Bethany Deaton and that the men in the group had also engaged in sex with Tyler Deaton, according to court documents.