Walking Dead murder suspect
A 23-year-old New Mexico man charged with the beating death of his friend blames the combination of simultaneously binge-ing on both booze and episodes of “The Walking Dead” on Netflix.
A New Mexico man who had been watching TV’s “The Walking Dead” told authorities he fatally beat his friend to stop him from becoming a zombie.
The Walking Dead murder suspect, Damon Perry, told law enforcement he was drinking large amounts of alcohol with his friend, 23-year-old Christopher Paquin, when Paquin began “to change into a zombie, ” according to a report from the Grants, New Mexico, police department.
“Perry alleges the victim was attempting to bite him, so he reacted by brutally beating the victim,” the police statement reads. “Evidence of the scene showed the beating was not only carried out by Perry’s hands and feet, but also by several different items in the home, including (but not limited to) edged weapons, an electric guitar and a microwave oven. Perry attributes his actions to his binge watching ‘The Walking Dead’ on Netflix.”
Officers also said it looked like Perry beat his victim with an electric guitar and a microwave, and stabbed him with a knife.
“The suspect alleges that his binge-watching of The Walking Dead caused him to see his friend as turning into a zombie,” Marquez said.
Will Chamberlain went to high school with the suspect, Damon Perry, but said he hasn’t seen him in about three years.
“It’s pretty crazy. I didn’t think anybody would do something like that from watching The Walking Dead,”Chamberlain said. “It’s kind of sad to hear about – really, that that’s what our youth is coming to,”
Investigators are still working to determine the timeline of Paquin’s death, Marquez said.
“There are some things in this case that I don’t think we’ll ever know, like when the microwave was used, when the guitar was used, and when the knives came into play,” he said.
Police first learned something was wrong when a 911 caller said there was a man chasing a woman around the apartment complex with a knife. Two maintenance men tackled Perry and held him down until officers arrived.
“We do have to give those maintenance men the kudos that they deserve for putting their self in harm’s way,” Marquez said.
Perry told officers he and Paquin drank a lot of alcohol leading up to the death.
Grants Police said Perry has a history of alcohol-related run-ins with the law and has been aggressive toward officers and others.