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Hearing about a guy killing his friend over The Walking Dead might make you think it was a reaction to Sunday night’s episode, which featured one of the show’s craziest moments. And you might also think that copious amount of alcohol would be involved. You’d be right on one of those. (The second one.)

Prewitt, New Mexico resident Damon Perry was charged with murder on Monday, three days after police discovered the ravaged body of his friend Christopher Paquin, whom Perry claimed was showing signs of zombie behavior as the two of them were binge-watching The Walking Dead. This statement from the Grants Police Department really says it all.
Perry told investigators he had been drinking large amounts of alcohol when his friend began to change into a zombie.

I have to assume that means the friend was making slurring and grumbling noises, was shambling around with reckless abandon, and was trying to eat anything in sight. But the 23-year-old Perry didn’t just shoot his friend or cut him with a sword or anything that actually resembled behavior of The Walking Dead’s characters. Beyond the punching and kicking and using sharp-edged objects, Perry allegedly beat Paquin with both a guitar and a microwave, according to The Guardian. I can’t even understand how it got to that point. Oh, yeah. Booze.

Police were called to the scene on Thursday afternoon after people reported an intoxicated man was chasing a woman with a knife. (So maybe he thought everyone was turning into a zombie.) When the cops arrived, they found two maintenance workers holding Perry down on the ground, and then found Paquin’s trauma-filled body. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and Grants detective Moses Marquez called it one of the “weirdest and most gruesome” murders he knew of. It sounds positively awful.

This is the kind of behavior that you’d think would be attached to some ridiculous modern drug like bath salts. I’ve been extremely drunk a lot of times in my life, and I’ve certainly wanted to punch a friend or two in those times, but I can’t imagine ever thinking that anyone around me was actually turning into a zombie, and that they needed to die because of my assumption. I’d hate to think what would have happened if they were watching entire seasons of American Horror Story.

After his arrest, Perry was put into the Cibola County detention center, with an $800,000 cash bond attached. His preliminary hearing is set for November 3.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the 23-year-old Christopher Paquin, as no one deserves this kind of fate, especially when it involves something as frivolous as a TV show.

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