Texas Man Charged In Shooting Death Of Mail Carrier

HOUSTON (June 14, 2013)—James Wayne Ham of Coldspring was held without bond Friday on charges of murder and using a firearm to commit a violent crime stemming from the shooting death of his neighborhood letter carrier.

Ham, whose estranged wife works for the U.S. Postal Service, was named in a federal indictment stemming from the death of Marie Youngblood.

Youngblood’s body was found on May 17 in her burned SUV in San Jacinto County after she delivered mail to Ham’s home.

Ham filed a complaint in April with the postmaster claiming that Youngblood was sending his mail to his estranged wife, but postal officials discounted the allegation.

Ham was arrested May 20 in Coldspring, about 50 miles northeast of Houston.