Coldspring man federally indicted in mail carrier's death

James Wayne Ham, 36, of Coldspring, was arrested Sunday and on Monday he was charged with the murder of a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service (USPS).

June 13, 2013 3:29:17 PM PDT
A Coldspring man has been federally indicted in the fatal shooting of a mail carrier last month.

A Houston grand jury returned a two-count indictment against James Wayne Ham, 36, in the killing of Marie Youngblood. Youngblood's body was discovered in her burned out car back on May 17.

The indictment alleges Ham fatally shot Youngblood while she was delivering mail in her personal vehicle. Ham then allegedly got into the vehicle with Youngblood, drove it to a remote location and set it on fire. Her body was later discovered inside.

The complaint says investigators zeroed in on Ham after it was discovered he had allegedly complained previously about not getting his mail delivered properly.

Ham was found after an extensive manhunt and arrested without incident Sunday, May 20, near his home in San Jacinto County.

If convicted, he could face the death penalty.