A 28-year old North Carolina man has been charged with murder of his 29-year old wife. The man who called 911 and told police that he believed he killed his own wife after waking up from a dream and finding her dead.
The man, identified as Matthew Phelps has now been arrested and charged in the murder of his wife Lauren Ashley Nicole Phelps who is also known as Lauren Hugelmaier. When officials reached his residence they found his wife completely covered in blood. She was already dead when the police reached there.
While talking to the 911 operator, the man can be heard saying, “I think I killed my…There’s blood all over me, and there’s a bloody knife on the bed. I think I did it.”
Later the man was arrested by Raleigh Police and charged with murder. Later the man told the 911 operator that the incident might have been caused by the fact that he took more cold medicine than he should have and woke up after his dream covered in blood and a knife on the bed.
In the audio-recording of the 911 call, the man can be heard telling the dispatcher that his wife was not breathing and that he did not know whether she was beyond help because he was scared to get close to her.
He tells the dispatcher that “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.”
Official data suggest that the man didn’t have any previous criminal record. He was being held without bail at the Wake County Jail, according to The News & Observer. Phelps is due to appear in court on Tuesday and it was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.