Man Indicted in May Slaying of Texas Postal Worker

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) A man whose estranged wife works for the U.S. postal service has been indicted in the slaying of his neighborhood letter carrier in an alleged dispute over his mail.

James Wayne Ham of Coldspring was being held Friday without bond on charges of murder and using a firearm to commit a violent crime.

Federal prosecutors in Houston on Thursday announced Ham's indictment in the death of Marie Youngblood. Her body was discovered May 17 in her burned SUV in San Jacinto County after she delivered mail to Ham.

An April complaint by Ham to the postmaster says he believed Youngblood was sending his mail to his wife. Postal officials discounted the allegation.

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

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