Man 'had a dream', woke to find his wife’s bloodied body
A MAN has been charged with murder after he claimed he woke from a dream to find his wife stabbed to death in bed beside him.
Matthew Phelps, 28, called emergency services in Raleigh, North Carolina, to report the death.
In the call he appeared to acknowledge responsibility for the alleged killing before appearing to blame his actions on a strong dose of cough medicine he had taken before going to bed.
In a transcript of Phelps' seven-minute 911 call he can be heard telling the operator "I think I killed my ..."
"What do you mean by that, what happened," the operator asked Phelps.
"I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she's dead on the floor," Phelps said.
"How? How? How?" the operator asked.
"There's blood all over me, and there's a bloody knife on the bed. I think I did it."
"OK," the dispatcher said after a long pause before asking him to stay on the phone.
"I can't believe I did this," Phelps said. "I can't believe I did this."
Police discovered Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, 29, at the home the couple shared in the early hours of last Friday, Miami Herald reported. The paper said the pair had been married less than a year.
She was severely hurt and later died in hospital from her injuries.
Later in the 911 call the operator asked Phelps if his wife was awake to which he replied "she's not breathing."
"Do you think she is beyond any help," they asked.
"I think so. I'm too scared to get close to her," Phelps said.
Near the end of the call he begins crying, appearing to blame the incident on his cough medicine.
"I took more medicine than 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."
Phelps later told the dispatcher the blood he had on him was dried.
"Oh my God," Phelps said. "Oh God. She didn't deserve this. Why?"
According to his Facebook page, Phelps worked for a local lawn mowing service.
He is being held without bail and due to appear in court on Tuesday.