A man, identified as Richard Ellison, has been charged with murder after authorities say he gouged out his neighbour’s eyes with his thumbs over a loud rooster.
The 47-year-old man was arrested on Sunday by the Mercer County Sheriff´s Department in the killing of 72-year-old Benny Foutch.
During questioning, Ellison told a detective that he killed his neighbour’s rooster because it was crowing and then gouged out Foutch’s eyes because ‘Lucifer made him do it.’
Emergency crews initially responded to a request for a mental evaluation, the complaint said.
The Princeton Rescue Squad found the body of the victim outside his home on Reese Harmon Ridge Road with blood oozing out of his orbital sockets and requested law enforcement.
The document stated that when a detective interviewed Ellison’s son, he said his father had brought the dead rooster back to his own property, and the son disposed of it.
Ellison then reportedly told his son he killed the cockerel and pointed towards his neighbour’s yard.
The son then walked over to Foutch’s residence and saw the man’s lifeless body laying on the porch.
‘When looking at the victim, the gouging out of his eyes appeared to be his cause of death,’ the compliant said, but the body was being sent for autopsy.
Foutch was described as a cancer patient who had a prosthetic leg.
Ellison’s girlfriend told the authorities that he was angry about the crowing and went to Foutch’s home, where she soon heard beating sounds followed by angry yelling.
The woman had left out of fear, and when she returned later she said Ellison admitted to her to killing both the rooster and its owner.
The detective interviewed Ellison after reading him his Miranda rights.
‘I asked him what happened with him and Benny, he then made the hand motion of pressing his thumbs to his eyes,’ the investigator wrote in his report. ‘He advised he went up there to kill the rooster because of a movie he had watched and because it was crowing. He later explained that he pressed his thumbs into Benny’s eyes, he advised that he stayed there until he knew Benny was dead.
‘He made a reference that Lucifer made him do it. He kept asking me to shoot him, that he deserved it. He then talked about getting somebody in the jail to kill him.’
Ellison was arraigned and a judge set a $200,000 cash-only bond.