Man Took Cough Medicine Before Allegedly Killing Wife (Photos)

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A North Carolina man has been charged with murder after he said he took too much cold medicine before he came to and found his wife dead.

Matthew Phelps, 28, of Raleigh, called 911 and said he had woken up to find his wife, 29-year-old Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, stabbed to death, according to the Miami Herald.

"I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she's dead on the floor," Matthew is heard saying in the 911 call from Sept. 1, according to People magazine. "I have blood all over me and there's a bloody knife on the bed and I think I did it. I can't believe this."

"I took more medicine than I should have," says Matthew in the call, explaining the events before Lauren's death. "I took Coricidin Cough and Cold because I know it can make you feel good. A lot of times I can't sleep at night. So, I took some."

Matthew sounds emotional in the call, and the 911 dispatcher asks him if his wife is conscious, the Daily Mail reports.

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"She's not breathing," he replies.

"Do you think she is beyond any help," asks the dispatcher.

"I think so," answers Matthew. "I'm too scared to get close to her."

"Oh my god," sobs Matthew. "She didn't deserve this."

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The couple had been married for less than a year. According to a friend, Matthew was studying to be a pastor and Lauren worked as a Sunday School teacher.

"I am in disbelief," wrote a grieving friend on Facebook. "She was one of the purest souls one could ever meet. Her kind heart and sweet nature are an extremely rare find. She was a great friend to anyone lucky enough to call her one."

"I miss you a lot," wrote another. "I can't seem to stop thinking about you. Doesn't seem to really matter where I am or what I'm doing. When I got the call I just couldn't believe it. I wanted it to be a bad joke. I still do. The past couple of days I've just spent in shock."

Less than 10 hours before she was killed, a smiling Lauren appeared in a video on her Facebook page selling a product for candle company Scentsy.

In the wake of her death, a YouCaring crowdfunding campaign was started for Lauren's family, which has reached nearly $6,000 of its $20,000 goal within three days.

"Lauren Hugelmaier's life tragically ended on September 1, 2017," reads the campaign's page. "She was only 29 years old. As we grieve Lauren's loss, there are financial challenges that lie ahead. This fund will be used to help ease the financial burden for her grieving family. Any amount big or small will be greatly appreciated."

Matthew, who did not have a previous criminal record, is due in court on Sept. 5.

Sources: Daily Mail, People, Miami Herald, YouCaring / Featured Image: Hurtingbombz/Flickr / Embedded Images: Raleigh Police Department via Daily Mail, Facebook via Daily Mail

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