Aspiring pastor stabs wife 123 times, says cough syrup made him do it



A North Carolina woman had 123 stab and cut wounds in her body after her husband, an aspiring preacher, killed his wife during a cough syrup-induced stupor, police said.

Matthew James Phelps, 28, told police he woke up on Sept. 1 to find his wife’s blood-stained body next to him.

“I think I killed my … there’s blood all over me,” Phelps said during a 911 call, “and there’s a bloody knife on the bed. I think I did it.”

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The autopsy report, released Tuesday, showed Lauren Hugelmaier Phelps, 29, had 44 stab wounds and cuts on her head and neck. The other stabs and cuts were found on her torso, arms and much of her body, The News & Observer reported.

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