Texas man charged in death of postal worker

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Associated Press

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities have charged a 36-year-old man with murder in the death of a U.S. postal worker north of Houston.

Federal officials say James Wayne Ham was charged Monday in the killing of 52-year-old Marie Youngblood. The San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office had taken him into custody Sunday, saying at the time that Ham was a suspect.

He's scheduled to appear in federal court in Houston on Tuesday and prosecutors will argue he be held without bond.

Youngblood's body was found late Friday inside her burned-out SUV. Investigators say she was shot multiple times at close range after making a delivery at Ham's home in Coldspring.

Investigators say Ham has previously complained that his mail was not being delivered properly.

Online jail records did not indicate an attorney for Ham.

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