Aspiring pastor’s wife suffered 123 knife wounds after he claims he found her dead on the floor

A North Carolina newlywed had over 123 knife wounds on her after her husband said in a 911 call that he thought he had killed her.

An autopsy showed 29-year-old Lauren Phelps suffered extensive injuries to her head, neck, torso and arms.  She was found in the fetal position on the couple’s bedroom floor in Raleigh.

Matthew Phelps claims he had too much cold medicine before going to bed and woke up to find his wife dead on the floor.

Aspiring pastor accused of killing his wife in his sleep
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Aspiring pastor accused of killing his wife in his sleep
Matthew Phelps, accused of killing his wife.

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Phelps, an aspiring pastor, called 911 after he made the awful discovery saying on the call,  “I had a dream, and then I turn on the lights and she’s dead on the floor, I have blood all over me, and there’s a bloody knife on the bed, and I think I did it.”

Phelps who pleaded not guilty was soon arrested and charged with first-degree murder, he claims he drank too much Coricidin cough and cold medicine.

Police say preliminary findings show the crime was not a random act and that the victim had several defensive wounds on her.

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