Aspiring Pastor Phelps Claims Cough Syrup Caused Him To Kill His Wife.
A Kentucky couple met with a sad end this past September. Matthew Phelps and Lauren were practically newlyweds with a marriage only 10 months old. Phelps was having trouble sleeping so he took some Coricidin Cold and Cough to help him get to sleep. This was a common practice as he often had trouble going to sleep. That was the last thing he claims to remember before he woke later that night.
Matthew Phelps a student of Evangelical classes and a bible school Graduate worked as a landscaper. He was intending to become a Pastor. Lauren was also involved in the Church, she taught Sunday school. This night was unlike all others, he woke up to find his wife bloodied in a fetal position, unresponsive on the floor.
He called 911 and said:
“There’s blood all over me, and there’s a bloody knife on the bed. I think I did it.”
“Oh my God. Oh, God. She didn’t deserve this. Why?”
Paramedics brought her to the hospital but she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Phelps claims it was the cold medicine and he has no recollection of the incident. Bayer the maker of Coricidin made a statement: “There is no evidence to suggest the drug is associated with violent behavior.”
The autopsy revealed that Lauren was stabbed 123 times all over her body with a kitchen knife. Late September a trial was held and the Grand Jury felt that there was adequate evidence to try Phelps for 1st-degree premeditated murder. Phelps is set to be arraigned on the 22nd of October.
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As Reported By Thomasi McDonald and NewsObserver.com
Earlier this month, investigators recovered what appeared to be bloodied bedding and an empty cold medicine box from the Phelps’ home at 5246 Patuxent Drive, according to a search warrant application.
Investigators say Phelps repeated the claim that he had “harmed” his wife when he was first taken into custody, police detective J.B. Stroud stated in the search warrant application.
Police seized a white bedspread, a white sheet, a gray-white comforter and several pillowcases that were all marred “with an unknown red substance,” according to the search warrant.
The investigators also seized an empty box of Coricidin Cough & Cold medicine, a knife block set, a silver Dell laptop, two Apple MacBooks, an iPhone that belonged to Lauren Phelps, a large Apple computer and other items including receipts, credit cards, and a mortgage statement, according to the search warrant.