Man Says Cough Med Made Him Kill His Wife

Matthew Phelps has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife. RALEIGH/WAKE CITY-COUNTY BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

Husband pleads guilty to stabbing wife 123 times, blames cough medicine 

Newsweek – A NC man has pleaded guilty to murdering his wife after stabbing her more than 100 times.

29-year-old Matthew Phelps, of Raleigh, called 911 in September last year to report his wife’s death.

“I have blood all over me and there’s a bloody knife on the bed, and I think I did it,” Phelps said in the call. “I can’t believe this.”

He was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, 29-year-old Lauren Phelps.

Speaking in court on Friday, Phelps said he “feels like a monster… One of the wretched. Part of the darkness we don’t speak of.”

Phelps claims cough medicine influenced his state of mind in the murder.

He told Raleigh Police that he had taken too much. “It can make you feel good and sometimes I can’t sleep at night.”

WebMD lists the following serious side effects of Cough Syrup Oral Liquid

“Fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat, mental/mood changes (such as confusion, hallucinations, nervousness).” Note that Phelps explained he took the drug because it made him feel good, with no reference to having a cough. 

A blood test confirmed the presence of cough medicine in Phelps’ system, but the levels were not high enough to cause hallucinations or even dizziness.

[Other possibilities include: the level of the drug in his system dropped between the time of the murder and the time of the test; different individuals have different thresholds for side effects; the drug maker set the level considered to cause side effects too high. – Editor]

He reportedly stabbed Lauren 123 times.

Lauren’s mother, Laurie Hugelmaier, said her daughter’s death had “broken me and my heart.”

“I have struggled every day since Sept. 1, 2017 to process and deal with the murder of my child,” Hugelmaier said, according to Yahoo! News. “There are times that I feel I won’t survive it. The actions of Matthew James Phelps has forever changed me.” Read the full story at Newsweek. 


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