Monday 18 June 2018

Man tells police he killed wife during 'dream' after finding her dead on bedroom floor

He said he had taken cold medicine and 'woke up' to find his wife stabbed to death

An investigation has been launched
An investigation has been launched

Mythili Sampathkumar

A North Carolina man called emergency services to report that he thinks he may have killed his wife in his sleep.

Matthew Phelps of Raleigh told a 911 dispatcher that he "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," said Mr Phelps during the seven-minute phone call in which he explained he had taken the cold medicine Coricidin for his trouble sleeping.

He believed he had accidentally killed his wife Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps in his sleep.

The dispatcher repeatedly asked Mr Phelps "How?"

“She’s not moving at all. Oh my God. She didn’t deserve this,” Mr Phelps cried.

 A full police investigation is underway.

Mr Phelps is currently being held in jail without bond and due to appear in a Raleigh court on 5 September.

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