Matthew Phelps and Lauren Hugelmaier
Matthew Phelps and Lauren Hugelmaier (

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An aspiring pastor says he woke up to find his wife covered in blood and a knife in his hand.

Matthew Phelps says he had cold medicine in his system at the time of the murder and thought it was a dream.

"I took more medicine than I should have," he said, according to People. "I took Coricidin Cough and Cold because I know it can make you feel good. A lot of times I can't sleep at night. So, I took some."

Phelps told a 911 operator: "I have blood all over me and there's a bloody knife on the bed, and I think I did it. I can't believe this," according to an ABC affiliate.

Phelps allegedly murdered Lauren in the early hours of Friday. He is being held in jail without bail.

People reports a friend says Phelps was studying to be a pastor, and had attended Clear Creek Baptist Bible College. His wife, Lauren Hugelmaier, was a prolific youth and children's ministry volunteer.

The couple was married for less than a year. 

Hugelmaier and Phelps initially met in middle school, but found each other on Instagram in recent years.

Several people have donated and offered words of encouragement on a YouCaring page set up to help Hugelmaier's family.

"Our prayers are with you and your family. Your Scentsy family will always remember you. We love you," one person posted.

Another writes: "I only knew Lauren for a few months but she was an incredible person. No one deserves to endure what she went through, a true tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with her family."

Jessilyn Justice is the director of online news for Charisma. Born and raised in a pastor's family in Alabama, she attended Lee University and the Washington Journalism Center. She's passionate about sharing God's goodness through storytelling. Tell her what you think of this story on Twitter @jessilynjustice.

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