New Mexico man blames ‘The Walking Dead’ for fatally beating friend ‘turning into a zombie’

Signage for the the AMC show "The Walking Dead" is seen during a panel at NYC-Comic-Con on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for AMC/AP Images)
Signage for the the AMC show "The Walking Dead" is seen during a panel at NYC-Comic-Con on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for AMC/AP Images)

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who had been watching TV’s “The Walking Dead” says he fatally beat his friend before he could become a zombie.

Grants police spokesman Moses Marquez said Sunday that 23-year-old Christopher Paquin was beaten and that 23-year-old Damon Perry is being held on a murder charge.

Officers were called Thursday afternoon to an apartment complex where Perry was allegedly wielding a knife.

They found Paquin’s body inside an apartment and maintenance workers detaining Perry.

Perry told investigators they had been drinking when Paquin began “to change into a zombie” and tried to bite him.

Police say Perry beat Paquin with his hands, feet, an electric guitar and a microwave.

Perry attributed his actions to binge-watching “The Walking Dead,” which centers on a zombie apocalypse, on Netflix.

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