‘I Think I Did It’: Aspiring Pastor Says He Awoke From Dream After Taking Cold Meds to Find Wife Stabbed to Death

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man who reportedly aspired to be a pastor has been charged with murdering his wife after calling 911 in the middle of the night Friday to state that he had awakened from a dream to find his wife stabbed to death.

“I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she’s dead on the floor,” Matthew Phelps told the emergency operator. “I have blood all over me and there’s a bloody knife on the bed. I think I did it. I can’t believe this.”

He said that he had taken too much cold medicine the night before, which he used as a sleep aid.

“I took more medicine than I should have,” Phelps explained. “I took Coricidin. I know it can make you feel good, so—a lot of times I can’t sleep.”

Breaking down in tears, he told the operator that his wife “didn’t deserve this” and that he was afraid to see if she was dead.

“I’m too scared to get too close to her,” Phelps said. “I’m so scared.”

According to his Facebook page, Phelps, 28, had studied missions and evangelism at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Pineville, Kentucky. His wife, Lauren, 29, served as a Sunday school teacher at the church they attended.

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The two had been married for just under a year and often posted happy photographs of themselves together online.

Phelps is being held at Wake County Detention Center without bail and faces his first hearing on Tuesday. His wife was buried on Monday, and a family friend has created a YouCaring page to help raise funds to cover the funeral expenses. As of press time, $6,800 had been raised of the $20,000 goal.

“I will miss the lively spark that I saw in your ministries. I am so sorry that we will not see that again,” one donor wrote on the page. “We will all miss you, but we will see you again. Thank you for the love that you gave us here on earth.”

“Lauren was one of the kindest souls, with one of the biggest hearts, and most contagious smiles. She will be dearly missed by so many. My heart goes out to her family,” another stated.

Representatives for Bayer, the makers of Coricidin, have released a statement expressing the company’s condolences but rejecting any inference that their cold medicine could cause users to behave violently.

“Bayer extends our deepest sympathies to this family,” Bayer stated. “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.”


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  • InTheChurch

    If you have the peace of God, no problems with sleeping.

    • Paladin Roy

      Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
      4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

      Both s’posed to be Christians would have been praying about it. Before my wife went to be with the Lord, we had times of not being able to sleep. If it was physical like sinuses we would take a regular dose of Nyquil and pray for the Lord’s protection, or if we were simply restless, we would pray until we heard from the Lord and slept peacefully.

      • bartcen

        “…,regular dose of Nyquil and pray for the Lord’s protection..”

        If you truly loved and trusted in the Lord you wouldn’t have needed Nyquil…oh ye of little faith.

    • Penny

      Not true, don’t burden people wirh this kind of Pharisee statement. Lots of medical reasons a person has trouble sleeping.

      • InTheChurch

        pharisee statement? You need to know the bible. Ever heard of healing? God still heals today.

        • bartcen

          except for amputees. God hates amputees.

          • InTheChurch

            He does? please state your references
            Maybe, you hate God for whatever reason and you can’t get over it.

          • bartcen

            please show me an amputee whose missing limb was restored by God.
            Please provide corroborating medical journal data.

          • Penny

            bartcen, Levitical law is how God had the priest behave and any with a limitation was not permitted to come near the Lord as a priest. I’m not sure why unless it’s because several chapters before this gives the rules of how to live, what when and how to offer a sacrifice. Maybe the lame, the blind….were this way because of sin? However, Levitical law is no longer needed because Jesus was the final sacrifice on the cross. It has nothing to do with hate either. Nearly every act of the OT was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ. All offering, and the priest were to be without spot or blemish…like Jesus Christ who died for us he too was without spot or blemish which infers sin. Pray for understanding, just my 2 cents worth.

          • dromedaryhump

            maybe the amputated are left as such by God in spite of their prayers because of their sins. God hates sin and amputees.

          • InTheChurch

            He was talking about the priesthood in that chapter of the old testament. But thank God that he sent his Son to die and we no longer live under those laws but under the grace of Jesus Christ. But you knew that, right? God will take everyone as they are. Amputees can be used by God to do great things and be great ministers. You might want to read the new testament. read up on covenants.

          • Penny

            bartcen, I don’t believe God hates amputees. God has a set order in the universe. Sun comes up, sun goes down. Certain conditions in the environment come together and we have precipitation. God isn’t sitting on his throne saying wind blow, clouds move…rain fall down. LOL the loss of a limb is pretty much the same. It has nothing to do with God’s love or lack of love. God is the same today as he was at creation. What he set in motion at the beginning of creation is just how it still is today. When an injury results in the loss of a limb it doesn’t grow back because God did not created in the human body to regrow that limb. We can heal and be restored from some illness while others require medicine, or surgery and prosthetics…but didn’t God create man with the knowledge to know how to make the medicine, surgery and prosthetics.

          • dromedaryhump

            so…god favors starfish over humans. Interesting.
            If god wanted to regrow limbs of amputees he could, yet he declines. Seems to me he doesn’t respond positively to amputee prayers for regrowth because he doesn’t want to. Funny how he “cures” cancer as a result of prayer, but never amputees.
            Nah..God hates amputees.

            as for clouds and rain… when God created the universe he must have known that hurricanes and tornadoes would kills 100’s of thousands of people through the ages, and cause endless misery. Yet, it doesn’t seem to trouble him. Obviously God hates the South and people who live in trailers.

            I’ll pray for you.

          • Penny

            Thanks but no thanks not sure WHO you are praying too. But I’m getting the profound impression is isn’t God. God knows all things, why he doesn’t stop certain disasters or regrow limbs SERIOUSLY has nothing to do with hate. Could he intervene, yes, I don’t have an answer to why. Again that would be going against the natural order he set in motion at the beginning of creation. But you don’t care, I am not casting pearls before swine anymore. You have a serious problem, you really don’t want an answer. I suppose there has to be trolls on every web site. If you don’t believe in God of the Christian Holy Bible then why are you here? Except to cause trouble. Have a good day.

        • Penny

          ” IF….IF IF IF you have the peace of God. Maybe you didn’t intend it but I immediately picked up a sense of I’m a good Christian and you are not if you have trouble falling asleep. The Pharisee, burdened people with their high and mighty attitude, rules and laws that wasn’t a part of God laws. YOU are imply that people who have illnesses or chronic issues such as insomnia are somehow less a christian because they are not like you who has the real peace of God. STOP looking down your pious nose at others friend. I do know the bible, I do believe he heals today when it is his will. My concern is what someone who is struggling with sickness or a lack of faith is going to read in your statement and feel. I’m from from the perfect Christian but I do know I love Jesus he loves me and I totally screw up and guess what HE STILL LOVES ME…my faith is very important to me by God’s grace, Try reading Luke 18:11.

          • InTheChurch

            I was not referring to unbelievers, we christian are held to another standard. You and I are held to a higher standard. I am not saying I am better, never said that. I am saying that God heals all diseases and that includes insomnia. I never said a word about a lack of faith or belief. A christian should be going to God with all their issues and problems. he will give us rest. This man in the article is a pastor, he is held to the same standard. He should have been seeking God for healing and to give him peace.

          • Penny

            Its a little clearer I suppose. I was speaking about other people who might read your statement and it was they who were struggling from a lack of faith…. I totally agree, Christians have a standard to live by, we find those standards in the bible. Pastors seem to have even higher standards that are also found in the bible. Then the world hold both christians and Pastors to even a higher standard. When we fall it cause glee for some and sadness for others. But we do fall. Still though I feel like pastors, or laymen if one has trouble falling asleep it might have NOTHING to do with the peace of God. It could be caused by Health issues, maybe the Holy Spirit want you to pray. Be blessed

    • Lisa Wilson

      Sorry , but that’s not true. I’ve had insomnia for over 15 years. I will stay awake 3-4 days befoe I just crash. I finally got on sleep med and it helps. As for this guy, I’m not making excuses , but maybe the meds did do that. There was a medical specialist on news last night and they asked her about it and she said it could of caused him to hallucinate and if taken with any other medication , even more so. I am right with God too for your information.

      • InTheChurch

        I’m not questioning your faith and walk with God. I’m happy you are right with God. Amen!
        I completely believe in the power of healing, God’s peace and the renewing of our minds. The peace of God is wonderful.

      • bartcen

        if God wanted you to sleep He’d let you sleep without drugs.
        You are resisting God’s will.
        You will surely be punished.

        • Penny

          WHAT….okay bartcen….totally wrong…. WOW talk about a pharisee spirit. There is something seriously wrong with your theology. Can you say that Jesus Christ is Lord, he is my savior, the only son of God and the only way to heaven? Because I’m seeing something totally unchristian in your post.

          • dromedaryhump

            If you were a TRUE Christian you’d see the truth.
            I’ll pray for you.

    • xinthose

      Psalm 127:2 “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.”

    • mr goody two shoes

      Re Read the story the night Jesus was betrayed.

      • InTheChurch

        Comparing the night before Christ changed the world, to this, is not even in the same ball game.

    • mr goody two shoes

      Instead of looking to yourself if your sleeping well or not .I instead. would look for assurance in Gods word that he loves me and you be you and me be good sleeper or restless ones.

      • InTheChurch

        So you sleep in peace at night because you seek God first. perfect. that was my point. 68 years of wisdom

  • NCOriolesFan

    Geez, all I need is some Mucinex Severe Cold pills. They help tremendously.

  • mr goody two shoes

    Shouldn’t this
    side effect have been placed on the label ??? Along with may cause vomiting bed wetting and runny bowls.

  • Joseph7

    what a terrible tragedy

  • Representative

    Lame excuse for murdering your wife. The guy was never saved.

    • Kevin

      And how do you know his spiritual condition? Did God relegate that determination to you, a mere human-being?

      • mr goody two shoes

        His church has to now address that very question do they excommunicate him or not.? He knows murders wrong and did it and he knows taking drugs wrongly is wrong. And did it.

        • Representative

          tough question. When God sees all sin as the same. He’ll most likely wind up in prison. I can’t imagine otherwise.

      • Representative

        You know kevin, it’s Christians or so-called Christians like you that anger and grieve the spirit of God. No Christian, true believing man of God would kill his dear wife. Get off of your hyper-fake-spiritual throne and give it a rest.

        • Kevin

          I’m sorry you think that “Representative”. My point is that we can not know, nor do we have any authority in proclaiming, the condition of another’s soul. I’m in no way giving this guy a pass on murdering his wife; assuming that’s what took place (neither you nor I were physically there). I can assure you though, I didn’t grieve the Spirit in my comment. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have left it there; more precisely, wouldn’t have posted it in the first place. I have that kind of connection with the Holy Spirit. Do you?

          • Representative

            People who walk in their flesh when it concerns spiritual issues does grieve the Holy Spirit of God. We are to have discernment in these issues. We will be judging angels, and you, sir, can’t tell whether this man is saved or not?

          • Kevin

            Again, we’re in agreement. Plus, you’ve made my point that WE are not the decider of one’s salvation. I’m not saying he is or isn’t saved, however, YOU my friend, have stated he isn’t based on his assumed, yet unproven at this point, actions. And to my original point, which you just confirmed in your last comment, neither you nor I can tell if this man is saved or not. God, and God alone is the One who can tell.

          • Representative

            We ARE to judge the body of Christ, most certainly.

          • Kevin

            Yes, I agree, but our commission is to judge fruits, not another’s salvation. Too many in the body of Christ allow fruit judging to spill over into salvation judging.

    • mr goody two shoes

      I would hope there was some truth to what he said for the sake of his dead wife’s parents . To think some one who you trusted to take care of and love your little girl did that on purpose to her would be to hard.

      • Representative

        It is lame but highly unlikely because it is illogical. People who act out their thoughts aren’t in touch with reality. That’s why I hold to my first premise, that he was not saved. But I could be wrong. However from my extensive experience in the mainstream church, there are people in ministry who are pedophiles, rapists and whoremongers and they claim to be saved. He was possessed either way. It’s a sad story and I can’t imagine her parents’ lives right now. Praying that the Lord will show them His way in this. There is no other.

  • Олег Донец

    Well, theoretically – maybe, modern farmacy is everything but not remedy. But in fact – I have great doubts.

    • bartcen

      farmacy? do you mean pharmaceuticals?

      • Олег Донец

        I mean drugs 😀 . Pharmacy means whole products of medicine industry.

        • dromedaryhump

          “farmacy” is not a word. so whatever you meant…you spelled it incorrectly.

  • Jack-b-Quicker

    Anything that changes the chemical balance of the brain is likely going to lead to more of this considering that the FDA does not do its job in this regard.

  • bartcen

    It was God’s will. Part of God’s plan.

    • Jan Neely

      you are a smartass.

      • dromedaryhump

        do you kiss Jesus with that filthy mouth??
        I’ll pray for you.

      • dromedaryhump

        Remember… God creates all good and all evil.
        “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” Isaiah 45:71 (KJV)

        If he didn’t want that woman to die he shouldn’t have created that evil. Her death was obviously part of his bigger plan.

  • bartcen

    It was God’s will. Part of the Lord’s plan.
    Amen.

  • Jack-b-Quicker

    Stranger, all media outlets are redacting the word, “Wife” from the transcripts and recording.

  • Jack-b-Quicker

    After more research I found some weirdness to this story. First, everyone including this website except for the DailyWire omitted the word “Wife” from both the audio and transcripts. Secondly, the young man was taking Coricidin for sleeping issues. Well Coricidin is not used for sleeping issues, it is abused for its intoxicating effects. Therefore, this man was addicted to this medicine, took enough to be stoned out of his mind, and killed his wife who might have been fighting with him at the time about his drug usage.

  • Gabriel A. King

    What in the Hell is going on in this world !…. ?