Newlywed Murders His Wife, Blames It On Cough Syrup

A North Carolina man has been charged with murdering his wife after he claimed he killed her while under the effects of cold medicine.

28-year-old Matthew Phelps called 911 Friday morning and told the dispatcher that he woke up from a dream and found his wife lying dead and covered in blood. Police arrived and found Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps stabbed to death. Matthew Phelps claims he took the over-the-counter cold medicine Coricidin to help him sleep and awoke from a dream to find his wife dead with a bloody knife by her side. 

In the 911 call, Phelps is heard telling the operator, "I have blood all over me and there's a bloody knife on the bed and I think I did it." Coricidin warns against abusing the medication saying it can cause euphoria, agitation and psychoses. 

Phelps, an aspiring pastor, and his wife were married less than a year ago.


 
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