Bethany Leidlein Deaton's husband, Tyler Deaton, was the spiritual leader of a group that allegedly used sex as part of its religious mission, according to court documents.
Prosecutors in Missouri on Tuesday acknowledged that he is under investigation in his wife’s death. The body of the woman from Arlington was found Oct. 30 in a van parked at a lake near Kansas City.
According to court documents, a member of the group, Micah Moore, told police that he and other members of the group had engaged in a series of sexual assaults on Bethany Deaton.
He later told detectives that Tyler Deaton told him to kill Bethany, according to the court documents.