A man in Raleigh, North Carolina, claims he awoke from a dream to find his wife lying next to him covered in blood.
The Daily Mail reports that records of his 911 call reveal 28-year-old Matthew Phelps believes that in his dream state, he stabbed his 29-year-old wife, Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps.
In the 911 call, placed at 1:10 a.m., the dispatcher can be heard asking Phelps “exactly what happened.”
Phelps sighed and then replied, “I think I killed my..,” according to a 911 recording that was made public Friday afternoon.
“What do you mean by that … what happened?” the 911 operator interrupted 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 dispatcher asked.
“There’s blood all over me, and there’s a bloody knife on the bed. I think I did it.”
There was a pause, and then Phelps began breaking down.
“I can’t believe I did this,” Phelps said. “I can’t believe I did this.”
When the dispatcher began asking him questions, Phelps steadily became more emotional.
“Do you think she is beyond any help?” the dispatcher asked.
“I think so. I’m too scared to get close to her,” Phelps said.
Phelps then gave a possible reason for his tragic, middle-of-the-night escapade: cold 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,” he explained.
He then completely broke down, sobbing into the phone saying his wife didn’t deserve this.
Reviews of the couple’s Facebook pages reveal they lived normal, even mundane, lives. The wife had posted a video on her page wherein she is selling a product for Scentsy, a candle company.
According to his Facebook page, Phelps worked at Dunlap Lawn Service. He graduated from Kentucky’s Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in 2011, where he studied evangelism and mission.
Phelps is being held without bail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.
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