Pastor claims he took cold medicine, woke up to discover wife's murder

Posted at 12:49 PM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 15:50:29-04

(KGTV) - A North Carolina aspiring pastor claimed he took cold medicine and woke up Friday to find his wife's body next to him in their bedroom, according to ABC News.

Matthew Phelps, 28, called 911 and reported he turned on the lights and found himself covered in blood, with a knife on the bed.  "I think I did it," ABC said Phelps told dispatchers.

Phelps reportedly told 911 he took Corocidin Cough & Cold medicine.

Bayer, which makes Coricidin, issued a statement:

"Bayer extends our deepest sympathies to this family.  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."

Phelps was charged with the murder of his wife, Lauren.  He is due to appear in court Tuesday, ABC News reported.

ABC Durham station WTVD reported the couple had been married since last year.