Mathew Phelps told the 911 operator he was having a bad dream when he’d killed his wife Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps in their Raleigh, NC home
A North Carolina man is so far has failed to convince authorities that he was dreaming when he killed his wife in a stabbing frenzy, Friday. Mathew Phelps began his bad dream defense by calling a 911 operator in Raleigh, with the tale of awaking from slumber to find his wife stabbed to death, himself drenched in blood.
According to an ABC 13 report Phelps, 28, told the operator in Raleigh early Friday that he fell asleep after taking too much cold medicine and may have accidentally killed his 29-year-old wife Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, in his sleep.
“I think I killed my…,” Phelps said to the operator, according to the outlet.
“What do you mean by that? What happened?” the dispatcher asked.
“I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she’s dead on the floor … I have blood all over me and there’s a bloody knife on the bed. I think I did it. I can’t believe this,” Phelps told the dispatcher.
Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps was found knifed to death, allegedly by her husband Friday in their Raleigh, NC home
“I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she’s dead on the floor,” Phelps can be heard saying on the call.
“How? How?” the dispatcher asked.
At the end of the call, which lasted 7 minutes, Phelps sobbed to the operator and said his wife didn’t deserve what happened.
“She’s not moving at all. Oh my God. She didn’t deserve this,” Phelps said.
Responding officers found his wife, Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, dead from multiple stab wounds. The suspect told dispatchers he took the cough medicine Coricidin because he has trouble sleeping.
Raleigh police charged Phelps with murder on Friday shortly after he made the emergency call.
Police don’t believe the crime was a random act and Phelps is being held without bond. He’s due back in court Tuesday.
Meanwhile the drug’s manufacturer’s have stated that there’s no evidence to suggest Coricidin is associated with violent behavior.