Matthew James Phelps mugshot

‘I think I did it’: Husband in ‘deep sleep’ wakes up to wife stabbed to death

He claimed he had too much cold medicine the night before

North Carolina police charged a Raleigh man with murder after he said he woke from a deep sleep and found his wife stabbed to death on early Friday morning.

The News & Observer reports that Matthew James Phelps, 29, called 911 a little after 1:10 a.m. on Friday and said he found his wife stabbed to death in their townhome off of the 5200 block of Patuxent Drive. He claimed he took “too much cold medicine” before going to sleep, then woke up to find his wife deceased.

“I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she’s dead on the floor,” Phelps told a 911 dispatcher. “There’s blood all over me, and there’s a bloody knife on the bed. I think I did it.”

After muttering disbelief, Phelps told the dispatcher he was too frightened to get close to his wife and was unsure if she was still breathing. He said he couldn’t remember anything past taking Coricidin cold medicine before going to sleep.

“I took more medicine that I should have. I took Coricidin Cough and Cold because I know it can make you feel good and sometimes I can’t sleep at night……Oh my God. Oh God. She didn’t deserve this. Why?”

There were no prior arguments according to the suspect. The victim, Lauren Phelps, seemed happy the day before the killing. She posted a video of herself and Scentsy product she was selling on her Facebook page, and according to authorities, she was smiling and appeared happy in the footage.

Phelps, a 2011 graduate of the Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in 2011 in Pineville, Kentucky, didn’t have a criminal history. According to his Facebook page, the couple enjoyed Star Wars, even dancing together with light sabers at their wedding last year.

The suspect was arrested and taken the to Wake County jail. He remains behind bars without bond. He’s scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday.

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