28-year-old Matthew Phelps, of Raleigh,NC, claims he took cold medicine, fell asleep, and woke up to his wife bloody and dead on his floor. He called 911 and said "I think I did it".
“I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she’s dead on the floor,” Phleps says in the 911 call that's been released. “I have blood all over me and there’s a bloody knife on the bed and I think I did it. I can’t believe this.”
According to PEOPLE, Phelps is working on becoming a Pastor at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and his wife Lauren was a Sunday School teacher at their church.
“I took more medicine than I should have,” he said to dispatchers. “I took Coricidin Cough and Cold because I know it can make you feel good. A lot of times I can’t sleep at night. So, I took some. Oh my God. She didn’t deserve this.”
Here is the 911 tape:
I'm a little confused on how he is so calm in the tape. Unless he's still just drowsy from the supposed medicine overdose. I would've been frantic and losing my mind, I feel like.
The couple was married less than a year and both have many pictures of their wedding still on their Facebook pages. On the outside it seems they were in love and happy.
Bayer, maker of the Coricidin Cough & Cold he claims to have taken, released a statement to BuzzFeed News. "Bayer extends our deepest sympathies to this family. Safety is our top priority and we continually monitor adverse events regarding all of our products. There is no evidence to suggest that Coricidin is associated with violent behavior."
Phelps is being held on murder charges without bail in Wake County Detention Center.
It's a sad situation either way and I send my condolences to the families. I can't imagine the immense pain they're going through. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
I'm addicted to real-life crime stories on A&E and Discovery and this one will more than likely get featured. I've seen another situation where someone was murdered after they woke up their husband from sleep-walking. There is a weird dynamic to our sleeping brains that I'm not sure we can fully understand.