A New Mexico man who said he had recently binge-watched The Walking Dead has been charged with murder after telling police he attacked his drinking buddy. He said he believed the other man had started “to change into a zombie” and wanted to bite him, Albuquerque news station KOB4 reports.
Damon Perry, 23, allegedly punched and kicked his “zombified” friend, Christopher Paquin, then beat him to death with a microwave and an electric guitar, a Grants, N.M. police spokesperson told the Daily Beast.
“It was one of the absolute worst [crime scenes] I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been with the department for 15 years,” spokesman Marcus Marques told the Beast.
After attacking Paquin, Perry allegedly exited the apartment where they’d been drinking and ran through the housing complex chasing people with either scissors (according to the Beast) or a knife (according to KOB4). He was eventually subdued by two maintenance workers.
Police don’t believe mental illness was a factor, and are attributing the alleged attack to binge-drinking. They told the Beast that after sobering up, Perry expressed remorse for his friend’s death.
He’s being held on $800,000 bail.