Men Arrested For Beating A Morristown Resident To Death

James Earl Mason, 36 of Morristown was fatally beat while attending Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities have issued a second-degree murder warrant for a man who confessed to fatally attacking a Biketoberfest tourist from Tennessee at a hotel.

Texas authorities arrested Jason Bowman during a routine traffic stop in Texas last week. He later told police of his role in the attack during a videotaped confession.

A murder charge was added yesterday.

Authorities said Bowman and William McMinn fatally beat Tennessee resident James Earl Mason with beer bottles in his hotel room and robbed him.

Mason died days later at the hospital. Mason's family said he befriended a man at the hotel and later visited his room with cigarettes and beer. His mother found him in a pool of blood in Bowman's hotel room.

McMinn was arrested yesterday on a burglary warrant in Tennessee. He also confessed to the killing.

It was unclear when the two would be extradited to Florida to face charges.

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