Grants police: Man fatally beat friend after friend 'changed into a zombie'

Updated: 10/27/2015 12:41 PM | Created: 10/23/2015 4:36 PM
By: Blair Miller,

A Prewitt, New Mexico man was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly beating his friend to death. 

Damon Perry, 23, told Grants Police he was binge drinking and binge watching "The Walking Dead" when his friend began "to change into a zombie."

Grants Police originally responded to a Grants apartment complex after 911 callers said a man – later identified as Perry – was running around the complex threatening people with a knife.

When officers arrived, two maintenance workers were holding Perry down. Inside a nearby apartment, an officer found the friend unresponsive with signs of trauma, including a knife lodged inside the head.

Police identified the victim Monday as Christopher Paquinn.

Perry was taken to police headquarters and interviewed. There, he told detectives that while the two were drinking, Paquinn began "to change into a zombie" and tried to bite him, according to police.

He allegedly then punched and kicked Paquinn, and also hit Paquinn with an electric guitar and microwave.

Lead detective Sgt. Moses Marquez is working the case, and says there was one more gruesome detail to the murder.

"I do believe his story behind this is true,” Sgt. Marquez said.  "He genuinely felt that his friend was changing into a zombie due to his inebriated state.  Our department is dealing with something that I have never seen or heard of in my entire 13 years here."

Perry has been charged with an open count of murder and is being held at the Cibola County Detention Center.

23-year-old Damon Perry, told police he had been binge-watching

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