Man accused of killing wife blames cold medicine

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RALEIGH, NC (WRAL/CNN) – A North Carolina man who is facing murder charges for killing his wife told police he took too much cold medicine before the crime.

Police say Matthew Phelps, who had studied at a Bible college, called 911 early Friday morning. He told dispatchers he had a dream, and when he woke up, he found his wife, 29-year-old Lauren Phelps, stabbed on the floor.

Phelps said he had blood all over him, and a bloody knife was on the bed. Then he told dispatchers, “I think I did it.”

The man broke down sobbing during the 911 call.

Phelps told police he had taken the cold medicine Coricidin to help him sleep, and he had taken more than he should have.

The Phelpses had been married less than a year. They were alone in the house at the time of the attack.

“Bayer extends our deepest sympathies to this family. Patient safety is our top priority, and we continually monitor adverse events regarding all of our products. There is no evidence to suggest that Coricidin is associated with violent behavior,” said Bayer, the maker of Coricidin, in a statement.

Lauren Phelps was laid to rest Monday. A printed obituary gives the woman’s maiden name – Lauren Hugelmaier – and makes no mention of her husband.

Matthew Phelps is expected in court Tuesday.

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