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Raleigh man tells 911 he awoke from dream to find wife stabbed to death

Posted September 1
Updated September 2

— A Raleigh man has been arrested after his wife died following an overnight stabbing, police said Friday.

Officers responded to a reported stabbing in the 5200 block of Patuxent Drive shortly before 1:15 a.m. and found Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, 29, wounded. She was taken to WakeMed, where she died.

Matthew James Phelps, 27, has been charged with murder in her death.

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"I had a dream, and then I turn on the lights and she's dead on the floor," Matthew Phelps told a 911 dispatcher. "I have blood all over me, and there's a bloody knife on the bed, and I think I did it."

He told the dispatcher he took too much Coricidin cough medicine Thursday night to help him sleep.

"I can't believe this," he said repeatedly.

Later in the seven-minute call, he broke down in sobs, saying, "She didn't deserve this. Why?"


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  • Clarence Drumgoole Sep 2, 4:10 p.m.
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    Something very serious going on here. This guy look as normal as anyone. Just married!

  • John Kaiser Sep 2, 12:30 p.m.
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    This isn't funny and isn't a reason to joke. Also, there are plenty of cases of acquittals due to the defense that the defendant was sleep walking. There is solid science out there that such is possible. There should be a full investigation, of course. But it isn't ridiculous and can't be dismissed out of hand that a person can kill while sleep walking. If you Google it you will find an interesting number of cases.

  • Stacie Hagwood Sep 2, 11:04 a.m.
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    Maybe he watched "The Number 23" before downing that cough syrup.

  • Glenda Hightower Sep 2, 7:38 a.m.
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    This "excuse" should go in the book of world records. Cough medicine made him do it? This is going to become very, very interesting. Sorry for her family and friends. The world is filling up with savages.

  • Kelly Birdsall Sep 1, 10:05 p.m.
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    Not saying I believe he's innocent but it's good to know we convict people based on their eyes, I mean who needs a trial!?!

  • Sara Hauser Sep 1, 7:25 p.m.
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    Should have spent more time on his alibi. Lamest one ever.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Sep 1, 5:25 p.m.
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    This is weird. Can't wait to see how this play out.

  • Kadee Sparrow Sep 1, 3:53 p.m.
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    If you believe this, I got a bridge I need to sell. The eyes tell all!!

  • Nathaniel Hopkins Sep 1, 2:00 p.m.
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    here's the link to a pic of them together