Thursday, July 5, 2018

Suspect Calls Texas Broadcaster 'Dead Man Walking'

Jason Bewley
A Texas man is due in federal court on Friday for allegedly threatening to burn down a TV station.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jason Eric Bewley, who was arrested in North Carolina last week, faces charges of transmitting threats through interstate communications.

Jail records obtained by the publication revealed Bewley threatened to set a Texas TV station ablaze during a phone call. Bewley allegedly harassed the station's general manager and told him he was “a dead man walking” via email last year.

The Hill reports Bewley was reportedly indicted in Texas in April and spent the next few months on the run until he was picked up by North Carolina law enforcement officials in late June.

"It's too bad you're a dead man walking," Bewley reportedly told Mike Wright, who works at local TV station KBTX in Bryan, Texas, where Bewley is from.

Bewley has a history with news outlets, though. He was accused of throwing a cinder block through a KBTX window and harassing several staffers in the station's parking lot in 2008. Earlier that same week in 2008, he also caused a minor disturbance at the town's newspaper, the Bryan Eagle, and at the Brazos County District Attorney's Office, KBTX reported.

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