Police say an aspiring pastor in North Carolina stabbed and cut his wife 123 times while he was was in a cough syrup-induced stupor.
Matthew James Phelps, 28, said he woke up and discovered his wife’s blood-saturated body next to him in their North Raleigh home on Sept. 1, the News and Observer reported.
“I think I killed my … there’s blood all over me,” Phelps told a 9-1-1 operator, “and there’s a bloody knife on the bed. I think I did it.”
An autopsy released Tuesday states that his wife, Lauren Hugelmaier Phelps, 29, sustained 44 cuts and stab wounds on her head and neck. Others were found on her body and arms. Some of her wounds were reportedly more than four inches deep. Phelps, who has no previous criminal record, has been charged with first-degree murder. He is being held without bail at the Wake County Jail. (Read more from “Aspiring Pastor Stabs Wife 123 Times, Then Blames…” HERE)