“She didn’t deserve this.” “I can’t believe this.” Not the sort thing you’d expect to hear from a person who admits to killing their wife, but that’s what Raleigh, North Carolina man Matthew James Phelps told 911 dispatch Friday. He said he stabbed his wife Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps to death after taking too much cold medicine.
“I have blood all over me and there’s a bloody knife on the bed, and I think I did it,” he said. “I can’t believe this.”
Phelp said he took the medicine because he had trouble sleeping. He seemed to be crying as the 911 dispatcher tried to help save Ms. Phelps’ life, if possible.
“Oh my God,” the suspect said. “Oh God. She didn’t deserve this. Why?”
We have reached to the Raleigh Police Department for comment.
Jail records obtained by Law Newz show that he has been charged with murder, and is scheduled for a court date on Tuesday. He is being held on no bond. If convicted, Phelps could get the death penalty.
[Mugshot via Raleigh Police Department]