So I’m not sure if you recall the story I blogged about in September 2017. The guys name was Matthew Phelps and he stated that he MUST’VE killed his wife because when he woke up,  she was dead. He told 911 that he had blood all over himself and that he’d taken cough medicine the night before because he couldn’t sleep. 

Well fast forward to today and he stabbed her 123 times. 

 According to the medical examiner, the body of Ms Hugelmaier was stabbed 24 times, with 20 cuts to the head and neck, 13 stabs as well as 11 cuts to the torso, 16 cuts and one stab on the right arm and 35 cuts and three stabs to the left arm.

Defense attorney Mr Karl Kundsen admitted that the 123 wounds would indeed be likely enough for any judge or jury to rule out an accident, but given the number of wounds, he said, this could also suggest something else: “It is, in fact, indicative of somebody who may be detached from reality or having a psychotic state because they’re doing it far, far in excess of what would be necessary. For those people who think, ‘Well, I can go drink a couple of bottles of cough syrup and kill somebody and get away with it,’ that’s not what the law is.”

Mr Knudsen added that, should a jury believe that Mr Matthew Phelps was intoxicated due to the cough syrup and have been in a state of detachment from reality, the charges against him could be lightened from first-degree murder to second-degree.

Inside Edition reports… 

Matthew Phelps appeared to have dark obsessions in various social media posts on Instagram and Tumblr.

On an Instagram page, he called himself “Marty Radical” and photos show him dressed in black.

One caption quotes lyrics by the heavy metal band Korn that read: “I can’t get out of bed. There is evil in my head. Just let me be.”

On his Tumblr page, he gets candid about his strange sleeping patterns.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve had some strong activity with my dreams. Nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking, hallucinations, and controlled dreams have all filled my life so far,” he wrote.

It echoes what he told a 911 dispatcher on the night his wife, Lauren, was found stabbed to death.

“I had a dream, and then I turn on the lights and she’s dead on the floor,” he told 911. “I have blood all over me and there’s a bloody knife on the bed and I think I did it.”

Phelps, who is a huge Star Wars fan, later explained that he may have had too much of the cough medicine he drinks to help him sleep.

“I took more medicine than I should have,” he said. “I took Coricidin … because I know it can make you feel good. So a lot of times I can’t sleep at night, so I took some. … She’s not moving. Oh my God.”

The couple got married last year at Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest where Lauren is a Sunday School teacher. Phelps had a crush on Lauren in middle school and it was Instagram that brought them together again. It was a normal day on Instagram just like any other… or so Matthew thought. Going through the routine of liking, commenting, even sharing other people’s pictures as well as posting some of his own. Come late afternoon, he was browsing through images of what his friends had liked when he came across… what he saw to be a very attractive young woman,” the couple’s story began. “He tapped on the square to see this pretty lady up closer. ‘Wait a minute,’ he thought to himself, ‘I know this girl!’ He went to her profile to confirm that it was her; the girl he had a crush on back in middle school. It was her!”

Two years after that encounter, the couple were wed on November 11, 2016. Since then, they have both shared their passion for each other with Lauren constantly beaming about her “Prince Charming.”

“I legit have soooo many pictures I want to share right now when talking Valentine’s Day / husband this will have to do. Happy Valentine’s Day to the best husband there could ever be!!! I’m so blessed to have you forever and always ❤ God did good and knew exactly what he was doing. Our paths were perfectly planned for us to meet at the perfect time after learning the perfect lessons! I couldn’t have done it better myself. I love your fun times, silly times, and all the in between times! Can’t wait to see our future times -your wife,” wrote Lauren on Instagram on Valentine’s Day.

At her six month mark of marriage on May 11, she was celebrating again.

“6 months???? ALREADY… but it feels like just yesterday we had the best day of our lives celebrating and dancing with everyone we love! Although it was an amazing day I love our days spent together the last 6 months and wouldn’t take it back for anything in the world! Love you @uncanny_matty more than my words could ever be able to express! #proudtobeMrsPhelps #wifelife #6months#wedding #november11,” she declared.

Phelps, on the other hand, rarely made comments about his wife on social media except the week he married her, when he called her his “density.”

“2 years ago I started dating this girl I found on Instagram… And now look at us @hugelmaierla, you are my density, I love you more than anything, and you make me the happiest I believe I could ever be,” he wrote on Nov. 14, 2016.

On his Instagram profile, he calls himself “pitiful” and also claims he wasn’t sure if he was in a dream.

“I’m just a pitiful anonymous, drifting into the abstract, and I can’t seem to tell if I am dreaming anymore,” he wrote.

A funeral service for Lauren was held at the Hope Lutheran Church on Monday but no mention was made of her husband in her obituary. Phelps was expected to appear in court on Tuesday.