The dispatcher continued to ask Phelps questions about his wife. He can be heard becoming emotional and telling the dispatcher that she is not breathing, and that he is “too scared to get close to her.” He then told the dispatcher that he took more cold medicine than he should have before going to bed.
“I took Coricidin Cough and Cold because I know it can make you feel good and sometimes I can’t sleep at night,” Phelps told the dispatcher. Phelps can then be heard sobbing toward the end of the seven-minute call.
“I can’t believe I did this,” Phelps said. “Oh God. She didn’t deserve this. Why?”
According to the couple’s posts on Facebook, the two were married Nov. 13 of last year, News & Observer reported.
Phelps, who did not have a past record, will make his first court appearance Tuesday. A jail spokesman said Phelps is at Wake County jail without bail.